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NBA game roundup: Blazers drop Spurs in triple OT

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SAN ANTONIO — Guard Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points, making one clutch shot after another, helping Portland to a 129-119 victory over San Antonio in triple overtime.

For the Trail Blazers (21-6), it was their second victory against the Spurs in five days.

San Antonio (17-10), meanwhile has lost four of its last five games, the last two in triple overtime. The Spurs are 0-4 in overtime games this season.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge supplemented Lillard with 32 points, 16 rebounds and five steals.

Guard Wesley Matthews scored 16, and forward Dorell Wright made four 3-point baskets in the second half and overtime periods.

Forward Tim Duncan had 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Spurs. Guard Danny Green scored 27.

Portland scored the first 11 points of the third overtime.

Nuggets 109, Clippers 106

DENVER — Forward Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 16 points late in the fourth quarter, and Denver rallied after blowing a big halftime lead and held on to beat Los Angeles.

Guard Nate Robinson had 20 points off the bench and guard Ty Lawson had 10 points and 14 assists for the Nuggets, who ended a three-game skid.

Denver led by 18 in the first half but had to withstand a strong second half from the Clippers. Forward Blake Griffin had 32 points and 12 rebounds and guard Chris Paul had 17 points and 15 assists for the Clippers, who had a furious sequence to end the game.

Wizards 105, Heat 103

MIAMI — Washington won its sixth straight game defeating Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has lost five straight home games, its longest skid since March of 2008. Miami has also lost eight of its past nine home games.

Power forward Nene came off the bench to lead Washington with 20 points. Wizards point guard John Wall had 20 points and 10 assists — his 16th double-double of the season.

Bulls 103, Grizzlies 97

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Guard Jimmy Butler posted a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds and rookie forward Nikola Mirotic scored a career-high 27 points off the bench as Chicago defeated Memphis at the FedExForum.

Mirotic also made a career-best six 3-pointers — without a miss — and grabbed eight rebounds.

Chicago led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but settled for a 73-66 lead going into the fourth.

Cavaliers 95, Nets 91

CLEVELAND — Mike Miller’s head feels just fine. His shot looks good, too.

Miller scored 21 points — all on 3-pointers — in his first start and the Cavaliers held on for the win.

The Nets had a chance to tie, but forward Kevin Garnett missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds after guard Joe Johnson couldn’t get a clean look at a 3.

Cavs forward LeBron James had 22 points and nine assists, guard Kyrie Irving had 16 points and four assists and forward Kevin Love added six points and 14 rebounds on a night when all three of the Cavs’ stars struggled offensively. Love made just 1 of 10 shots from the field.

Raptors 110, Pistons 100

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Jonas Valanciunas led a balanced attack with 17 points and seven rebounds and Eastern Conference-leading Toronto won its fifth straight with a thumping of sputtering Detroit at The Palace.

Valanciunas, the starting center, scored 11 of his points in the third quarter when Toronto, which never led in the first half, outscored Detroit 29-18. Point guard Kyle Lowry supplied 15 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who were playing a virtual home game as a large contingent of fans crossed the border to cheer them. Point guard Lou Williams added 15 points off the bench, while forward James Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Point guard Brandon Jennings had 22 points and eight assists to lead the Pistons, who have lost a single-season, franchise-record 12 straight home games. Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 18 points and power forward Greg Monroe contributed 17 points and seven rebounds for Detroit.

Jazz 101, Magic 94

ORLANDO, Fla. — Forward Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Jazz over Orlando at the Amway Center.

The Jazz, who beat the Heat in Miami on Wednesday night, never trailed after early in the first quarter, leading by as many as 17 points in the third.

Guard Gordon Hayward had 20 points, including 18 in the second half when he repeatedly stopped each Magic surge. He added six assists. Center Enes Kanter and guard Trey Burke each had 11 points.

Celtics 114, Tiomberwolves 98

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics said goodbye to their captain and then said hello to their third straight win on Friday night.

With Rajon Rondo in Dallas courtesy of a trade that brought the Celtics three players and two draft picks, his old team responded with a spirited victory over injury-ravaged Minnesota.

Forward Kelly Olynyk, on fire during Boston’s run of three wins in five nights, came off the bench to lead six Celtics in double figures with 21 points (to go with eight rebounds and three assist) as Boston improved to 10-14.

Hornets 109, Sixers 91

PHILADELPHIA — Guard Kemba Walker scored a season-high 30 points and center Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds as Charlotte built a 24-point third-quarter lead en route to an easy victory over Philadelphia.

Charlotte, which was without guard Lance Stephenson (pelvic sprain), ended streaks of four straight losses and six straight road defeats. The Hornets are 2-10 on the road this season, with their other victory coming Nov. 14 at Phoenix.

Forward Robert Covington and guard Tony Wroten had 19 points each to lead the Sixers, who are 0-14 at home and 2-23 overall. The NBA record for consecutive home losses to begin a season is 19, by the 1993-94 Dallas Mavericks.

Thunder 104, Lakers 103

LOS ANGELES — Point guard Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Oklahoma City to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center.

Guard Reggie Jackson came off the bench to score 25 points as the Thunder (13-14) won for the eighth time in nine contests. The Lakers (8-18) dropped their second in a row.

Forward Ed Davis led six Lakers in double figures with 18 points and nine rebounds, while forward Carlos Boozer finished with 14 points. Kobe Bryant had nine points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Bryant, though, missed a game-winning jumper shortly before the final horn went off.

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