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NBA: Seattle 101, Cleveland 95

Feb. 1, 2008 at 12:40 AM

SEATTLE, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant scored 24 points Thursday and the Seattle SuperSonics held off a fourth-quarter Cleveland charge to down the Cavaliers 101-95.

Cleveland played without superstar LeBron James, who suffered a sprained ankle 24 hours earlier against Portland -- when he still managed to hit the winning layup and score 37 points.

After suffering through a team-record 14-game losing streak, Seattle won its second straight. The Sonics halted the skid Tuesday with a surprising victory over San Antonio.

Seattle had a 16-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Cleveland closed within four with 37 seconds to play on a layup by Larry Hughes. The Cavaliers regained possession, but an offensive foul called on Daniel Gibson with 13 seconds left ended their hopes.

Seattle's Luke Ridnour then made two free throws for the final margin.

Chris Wilcox added 18 points for the Sonics and Jeff Green had 17. The Cavaliers were led by 28 from Hughes.

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