December 16, 2013

NBA Roundup: Thunder keep rolling by outlasting Orlando

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 12th straight home game to open the season, holding off the Orlando Magic for a 101-98 victory Sunday night.

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Detroit center Andre Drummond takes a shot against Portland center Joel Freeland during the first half of Sunday’s game at Detroit, a 111-109 win for the Trail Blazers.

The Associated Press

Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won six straight overall and 14 of its last 15. The Thunder have beaten the Magic in five straight meetings.

An 11-1 run near the end of the first half gave Oklahoma City control until Orlando rallied within two points in the final minute. Durant hit a free throw and Serge Ibaka blocked a shot by Nikola Vucevic to preserve the win.

Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and Vucevic had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Orlando, which has lost 11 of its 13 road games.

TRAIL BLAZERS 111, PISTONS 109: Damian Lillard’s spinning fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime lifted Portland to a win at Detroit.

Lillard was guarded well by Rodney Stuckey as he tried to drive to the basket, but he was able to hit a tough fadeaway from about 8 feet for the win. Detroit couldn’t get off a shot before the buzzer.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for Portland, which rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lillard finished with 23 points.

Josh Smith scored 31 points, his most since signing with the Pistons as a free agent.

TIMBERWOLVES 101, GRIZZLIES 93: Kevin Love had 30 points and nine rebounds, the Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and Minnesota won at Memphis to snap an 11-game losing streak to the Grizzlies.

Love was 11 of 21 from the field, including 4 of 8 from outside the arc as Minnesota converted 12 of 26 from long range.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points before leaving with just under 4 minutes left with a bruised left thigh. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jon Leuer scored 15 and Jerryd Bayless added 14 as Memphis lost its third straight.

KINGS 106, RAPTORS 91: Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading host Sacramento past Houston.

Gay added five rebounds and four assists. He finished 10-for-20 shooting in a dazzling home debut for the Kings, who had lost eight of their past 10 games.

NUGGETS 102, PELICANS 93: J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and host Denver overcame a slow start to beat New Orleans.

Wilson Chandler added 19 to help the Nuggets bounce back from a rare home loss on Friday. They’re now 7-3 at Pepsi Center this season after going a franchise-best 38-3 in 2012-13.

SUNS 106, WARRIORS 102: Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and host Phoenix won its fifth straight game.

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