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NBA: OKC stretches win streak

2012-12-10T11:00:00Z NBA: OKC stretches win streakThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 10, 2012 11:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 on Sunday night for their eighth straight win.

A meeting of the NBA’s highest-scoring offense and the league’s stingiest defense went the Thunder’s way as they eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert — 11 inches taller than him — during a late 8-0 burst by the Thunder that put it away after the Pacers had pulled within three.

David West had 21 points for Indiana,.

Knicks 112, Nuggets 106: Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and New York remained the NBA’s only team unbeaten at home.

Back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a cut on the middle finger of his left hand that required stitches, Anthony twice made baskets in the final 2:08 after Denver had pulled within four points.

Ty Lawson had 23 points and Danilo Gallinari had 21 points and nine rebounds against the team that drafted him and later dealt him in the package for Anthony in February 2011.

Jazz 117, Lakers 110: Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Mo Williams added 22 and Utah won its third straight.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 34 points as they fell to 4-7 in their last 11 games.

Magic 98, Suns 90: Rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and Orlando handed Phoenix its seventh straight loss.

Nicholson made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career.

Phoenix’s losing streak is its longest since 2004.

Bucks 97, Nets 88: Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and Milwaukee withstood Brooklyn’s fourth-quarter rally.

The Bucks led by 29 points with 6:59 left in the third quarter but the Nets got within six after Deron Williams found Kris Humphries open for an uncontested dunk.

Williams had 18 points and eight assists for the Nets.

Clippers 102, Raptors 83: Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Clippers won their sixth in a row and handed Toronto its 10th consecutive road loss.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points in his hometown.

SATURDAY

Kings 99, Blazers 80: DeMarcus Cousins had 19 points and 12 rebounds, John Salmons added 19 points and 11 assists, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game road losing streak with a win over Portland.

Aaron Brooks had 14 for the Kings, who have won three in a row for the first time this season. The Kings overcame a dismal second quarter and steadily pulled away, outscoring Portland by 19 points in the second half.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 10 rebounds and J. J. Hickson added 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Wesley Matthews scored 14 points, but suffered a left hip contusion and did not finish the game.

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