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NBA roundup — Dec. 29

Associated Press

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Thunder 117, Rockets 85

Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the host Oklahoma City Thunder won its second consecutive game without Russell Westbrook.

Jeremy Lamb added a career-high 22 points and five assists for Oklahoma City, which has the NBA’s best record at 25-5. The Thunder have won 12 of their last 13 and 20 of their last 22 games.

Reggie Jackson, starting in Westbrook’s place, had 16 points and eight assists.

Aaron Brooks had 17 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 for Houston, which was playing its fourth game in five days.

The Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, missed their first 12 shots and shot 36.5 percent from the field (31-of-85).

Oklahoma City shot 57 percent (47-of-82) in dealing the Rockets their worst loss of the season.

Oklahoma City moved to 3-2 on the season without Westbrook. The All-Star point guard underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday, his third surgery since last April, when he tore his meniscus after Houston guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him as Westbrook tried to call a timeout in Game 2 of a first-round playoff series.

The Thunder have said Westbrook’s latest surgery will sideline him until after the All-Star break. Oklahoma City won 89-85 at Charlotte on Friday night in their first game since that surgery, as Durant had 34 points and 12 rebounds.

Oklahoma City jumped to a 13-0 lead as the Rockets — making their first trip to Oklahoma City since falling to the Thunder in six games in their playoff series — failed to score until Dwight Howard hit a 3-foot jump hook with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

The Thunder extended their lead to 22-5 on a driving layup by Thabo Sefolosha and were up 26-14 at the end of the quarter.

The Thunder’s lead stayed in double digits most of the second quarter and Oklahoma City led 56-44 at halftime.

Spurs 112, Kings 104

Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the host San Antonio Spurs over the Sacramento Kings.

Boris Diaw had 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 11 for San Antonio (24-7).

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas added 27 points and Rudy Gay had 24 for Sacramento (9-20).

Struggling mightily on defense for much of the second half, the Spurs turned to their Big Three to close out the upstart Kings.

Ginobili, Duncan and Parker scored San Antonio’s final 21 points in a 23-8 run to close the game.

Magic 109, Hawks 102

Arron Afflalo scored 20 points and the host Orlando Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks to give them back-to-back victories for just the third time this season.

Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without two-time All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks were also coming off three consecutive, grinding overtime games, the latest of which was Saturday night at home against Charlotte.

The Hawks made the game’s first bucket, a 3-pointer, but then trailed until a spurt in the fourth quarter gave them a three-point lead.

But a 9-0 run midway through the final quarter put Orlando in control for good.

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