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NBA roundup: Thunder rout Griffin-less Clippers
OKLAHOMA CITY — Forward Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 131-108 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Clippers, who lost their four straight, will be without forward Blake Griffin (staph infection) for four to six weeks.
Guard Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 21 points off the bench. Guard Chris Paul had 18 points and 13 assists, and center Spencer Hawes added 17 points.
The Thunder rebounded from a crushing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday with one of their most impressive games of the season.
Guard Russell Westbrook posted 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Thunder, and guard Dion Waiters added 16 points. Forward Mitch McGary racked up his first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Cavaliers 120, Lakers 105
CLEVELAND — Forward Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points and added 10 rebounds, and guard Kyrie Irving had 28 points and 10 assists in Cleveland’s win over Los Angeles.
The Cavs won for the 13th time in 14 games, and they swept the series with the Lakers for the first time in five years. It was the Lakers’ 10th consecutive road defeat, tying a franchise record set in 1957-58 and matched in 1963-64.
Love posted 17 points in the second quarter, including four 3-pointers in a span of 2:07, and he wound up reaching 30 points for just the second time this season. Cleveland forward LeBron James had 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, falling shy of his first triple-double of the season largely because he didn’t play the fourth quarter of another blowout.
Bulls 98, Magic 97
ORLANDO, Fla. — All-Star forward Pau Gasol scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Chicago to a come-from-behind victory over Orlando. Gasol scored the winning basket off an offensive rebound with 9.4 seconds remaining.
The Bulls forced the Magic into a turnover with 15 seconds to go, leading to Gasol’s winning hoop. Orlando center Nikola Vucevic missed a final chance at the buzzer.
Chicago guard Jimmy Butler had 27 points to lead all scorers. Guard Victor Oladipo paced the Magic with 18 points.
Grizzlies 94, Hawks 88
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Point guard Mike Conley scored 21 points and handed out six assists as Memphis defeated Atlanta.
Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds. and power forward Zach Randolph contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Jeff Green chipped in 11 points. Point guard Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 22 points and six assists.
The Grizzlies (38-13) had a huge advantage on points in the paint, 52-34, and in rebounds, 55-37.
Timberwolves 112, Pistons 101
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Nikola Pekovic had a season-high 29 points, and Minnesota recorded its 10th consecutive victory over Detroit.
Pekovic, Minnesota’s starting center, reached the 20-point mark for the first time this season as the Timberwolves won three straight for the first time. Minnesota shooting guard Kevin Martin supplied 24 points and nine rebounds. Rookie forward Andrew Wiggins contributed 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Timberwolves, who never trailed.
Point guard D.J. Augustin’s 20 points and eight assists led the Pistons, who were swept in the season series with the Timberwolves for the fifth consecutive season. Detroit center Andre Drummond powered for 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Pacers 103, Hornets 102
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Guard George Hill hit a reverse layup with 5.1 seconds remaining, and Indiana completed a wild comeback and stunned Charlotte.
The Pacers trailed by 21 with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter, but roared back from there to win their third straight and their fifth in the last seven games.
Charlotte led 102-101 after a 3-pointer by forward Marvin Williams with 14.7 seconds left. The Pacers inbounded to Hill, who drove the baseline, pivoted under the basket, and suddenly saw a clear path to the basket. Hornets guard Brian Roberts missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Trail Blazers 109, Rockets 98
HOUSTON — Nicolas Batum made just two baskets, but his second proved critical, a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring that helped Portland escape with a win over Houston.
Trail Blazers All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, while the Portland bench added 37 points. However, it was Batum who pushed Portland to a 103-96 lead with 1:26 remaining by drilling a pull-up 3-pointer as the horn sounded.
Rockets guard James Harden matched his season high with 45 points, one off his career best, and added nine rebounds and eight assists. But aside from reserve forward Josh Smith (16 points, five rebounds, four assists), who matched his career high of four 3-pointers for a second consecutive game, Harden was largely alone carrying Houston.
Raptors 87, Spurs 82
TORONTO — Forward James Johnson hit a 3-pointer in the final minute and later added a free throw as Toronto denied San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich his 1,000th career win.
The Spurs had a chance to tie with 4.4 seconds to play, but forward Tim Duncan threw the ball away for the Spurs’ 15th turnover of the game. Guard DeMar DeRozan added two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to clinch the Raptors’ second win in a row.
James Johnson finished with 20 points to lead the Raptors, while DeRozan had 18. Guard Marco Belinelli and Duncan had 12 points each to lead the Spurs.
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