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NBA roundup — Dec. 15

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Trail Blazers 111, 
Pistons 109

Damian Lillard’s spinning fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime lifted visiting Portland to a victory over Detroit on Sunday night.

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 in the offseason.

Moments before Lillard’s winner, Stuckey tied the game for Detroit with a shot from near the free-throw line. Portland, which made 21 shots from 3-point range in Saturday’s rout of Philadelphia, went 7-of-26 on Sunday.

Kings 106, Rockets 91

Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading Sacramento past visiting 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.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points and eight assists to help Sacramento hold on to the lead for most of the final three quarters.

James Harden twisted his left ankle early in the third quarter but finished with 25 points.

Timberwolves 101, 
Grizzlies 93

Kevin Love had 30 points and nine rebounds, and visiting Minnesota hit a season-high 12 3-pointers to beat Memphis.

The victory snapped Minnesota’s 11-game losing streak to the Grizzlies and also gave the Timberwolves their third win in the past four games.

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. Nikola Pekovic scored 19 points, while reserve J.J. Barea had 15.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 28 points before leaving with just under 4 minutes left with a bruised left thigh.

Thunder 101, Magic 98

Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Oklahoma City won its 12th consecutive home game to open the season, holding off Orlando.

Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won six in a row overall and 14 of its past 15. The Thunder have beaten the Magic in five consecutive meetings. Arron Afflalo scored 25 points for Orlando.

Nuggets 102, Pelicans 93

J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Denver overcame a slow start to beat visiting 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.

Ryan Anderson scored 26 and Austin Rivers chipped in a season-high 17 for the Pelicans. The Nuggets once again received solid production from their reserves, with Nate Robinson leading the way by scoring 14.

Suns 106, Warriors 102

Eric Bledsoe scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix won its fifth consecutive game, holding off Stephen Curry and visiting Golden State. Bledsoe added eight rebounds and eight assists, Goran Dragic scored 21 points, and Channing Frye added 20 for the Suns. Curry scored 30 points, and Klay Thompson added 19 for the Warriors, who have lost three out of four. David Lee added 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight double-double.


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