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Thunder halt LA Clippers run in OT James leads Heat in win over Bucks

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov 22, (Agencies): Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook stepped up in overtime to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-111 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
After the Clippers went on a fourth-quarter run to force overtime, Durant and Westbrook combined to score all 15 Thunder points in the extra session to keep last season’s Western Conference champions on top.
Durant finished with a game-high 35 points and Westbrook tallied 23 and nine assists for the Thunder (9-3).
“It was like a playoff game in November,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters. “Everybody laid it all on the line tonight. We did a really good job defensively and that’s not an easy thing to do against them.”
Los Angeles (8-3) entered the game having won six straight to shoot to the top of the conference, but they were playing catch-up for most of the game in Oklahoma City and could not extend their streak.
Blake Griffin paced the visiting Clippers with 23 points and Jamal Crawford had 20 off the bench.
Chris Paul made just two of 14 shots but the feisty point guard helped Los Angeles outscore Oklahoma City 33-26 in the fourth quarter to force overtime.


“Regardless of what anyone says it’s gonna be tough for us to win a game when I play that bad,” Paul said. “It’s tough because you work so hard but there’s just gonna be nights like that.”
With the Clippers’ Caron Butler out with a shoulder injury, Matt Barnes figured prominently down the stretch on his way to scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
He made a three-pointer to pull his team within two points before adding a lay-up to level the score at 102-102 in the final minute.
The Clippers were trying to win seven in a row for the first time since capturing eight straight in 1991. They hold a 1 1/2-game lead atop the Pacific division while the Thunder are three games clear in the Northwest.
Reserve Kevin Martin, who was acquired when Oklahoma City traded away Sixth Man of the Year James Harden just prior to the start of the season, continued his strong play for the Thunder with 20 points.

Heat 113, Bucks 106, OT
In Miami, LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade also had 28 points and Miami scored the first six points of overtime on the way to beating Milwaukee.
Chris Bosh scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, his most in a Heat uniform. James also had eight assists, and Ray Allen scored 17 points for the Heat.
John Henson had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Milwaukee, and Brandon Jennings had 19 points.

Kings 113, Lakers 97
In Sacramento, California, Marcus Thornton scored 23 points, Tyreke Evans had 18 and Sacramento beat lethargic Los Angeles to snap a five-game losing streak.
Jason Thompson added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Kings hand new Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni his first loss with the team. Los Angeles had won three straight.

Mavericks 114, Knicks 111
In Dallas, O.J. Mayo scored 10 of 27 points in the final 6 minutes of the third quarter when Dallas charged ahead, and the Mavericks held off New York.
Vince Carter had 25 points, including a floater with 6 minutes left that made it 102-90.
The Knicks then had a 21-10 spurt, getting to 112-111 on Jason Kidd’s two free throws with 1:15 left. Carmelo Anthony, who had 23 points, was short on a potential go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left.


Nuggets 101, Timberwolves 94
In Minneapolis, Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, and Andre Iguodala had 18 points and nine rebounds for Denver to spoil Kevin Love’s surprise season debut for Minnesota.
Love had 34 points and 14 rebounds, helping the Wolves take a 17-point lead in the first half. But he didn’t get a whole lot of help in his first game in nearly five weeks after breaking his right hand.

Pacers 115, Hornets 107, OT
In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 33 of his career-high 37 points in the second half and overtime, and Roy Hibbert had a triple-double in Indiana’s victory over New Orleans.
George made a team record nine 3-pointers, all after halftime. Hibbert had 10 points, 11 rebounds and a career-best 11 blocks, and David West and George Hill each scored 16 points for the Pacers.
Robin Lopez had 21 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, but he made just 3 of 17 field goals. No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis missed his second consecutive game because of stress reaction in his left ankle.

Hawks 101, Wizards 100, OT
In Atlanta, Kyle Korver hit a long 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Atlanta past Washington, extending the Wizards’ franchise-worst start to 0-10.
Korver finished with 16 points, hitting his fifth 3-pointer after Kevin Seraphin’s baseline jumper gave Washington a 100-98 lead. Josh Smith led Atlanta with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Seraphin led Washington with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Bobcats 98, Raptors 97
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Ramon Sessions hit a 16-footer with 28 seconds left and Charlotte made a late defensive stand to beat Toronto for its fifth win in six games.
Toronto had four shots to win it, but two resulted in blocks and Andrea Bargnani’s baseline jumper fell short as time expired.
Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, and Sessions and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 14 points. Bargnani had 25 points for the Raptors.

Cavaliers 92, 76ers 83
In Cleveland, Jeremy Pargo scored a career-high 28 points filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving to help Cleveland end a six-game losing streak.
Irving is expected to miss a month because of a broken finger.
Dion Waiters added 16 points for Cleveland, Alonzo Gee added 14, and Anderson Varejao had 10 points and had 19 rebounds. Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday each had 16 points for Philadelphia.

Spurs 112, Celtics 100
In Boston, Tony Parker scored a season-high 26 points, Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, and reserve Tiago Splitter added a season-high 23 points for San Antonio.
Rajon Rondo had 22 points and extended his consecutive streak of double-digit assist games to 35 with 15. Paul Pierce had 19 points after spraining his ankle in a 20-point loss at Detroit on Sunday.

Rockets 93, Bulls 89
In Houston, James Harden scored 28 points, Patrick Patterson added 20 and Houston beat Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak.
Nate Robinson scored 21 points for Chicago, Luol Deng added 19 and Carlos Boozer had 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulls have lost three in a row for the first time in Tom Thibodeau’s three seasons as coach.

Suns 114, Trail Blazers 87
In Phoenix, Marcin Gortat scored a season-high 22 points in only three quarters and Phoenix routed Portland to snap a three-game losing streak.
Markieff Morris added 19 points and seven rebounds. Damien Lillard had 24 points for Portland.

Warriors 102, Nets 93
In Oakland, California, Klay Thompson made two 3-pointers and scored 10 of his 23 points during a pivotal run late in the third quarter, and Golden State held on to beat Brooklyn.
David Lee added 20 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, and Stephen Curry had 25 points for Golden State.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points for the Nets.

Magic 90, Pistons 74
In Orlando, Florida, Andrew Nicholson scored 15 points, Glen Davis had 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando opened the third quarter with a 21-0 run. Greg Monroe scored 19 points for Detroit. The Pistons were 28 of 85 from the field.

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