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NBA roundup — Jan. 27

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Suns 124, 76ers 113

Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic had 24 to lead Phoenix to victory over host Philadelphia.

There was no need for a Suns comeback in this one. They led wire-to-wire over the hapless Sixers, one night after they rallied from an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat the Cavaliers.

The Suns made their first six shots and 10-of-11, and raced to a 16-point lead. Green made his first seven shots until he botched a fastbreak dunk.

Clippers 114, Bucks 86

Blake Griffin dominated the paint with 20 points, Jamal Crawford scored 25 and Los Angeles ended its seven-game road trip with a win over host Milwaukee.

Darren Collison added 15 points and seven assists in place of Chris Paul for the Clippers, who improved to 9-3 while their star point recovers from a separated shoulder.

Raptors 104, Nets 103

Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams’ inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and Toronto stopped a five-game winning streak by host Brooklyn for the second time this month.

Brooklyn had a three-point lead with 17 seconds left behind Paul Pierce in his best game with the Nets, but John Salmons scored on a drive with 12 seconds remaining before Brooklyn took its last timeout to move the ball into the frontcourt.

Patterson stole the pass and fed Kyle Lowry, who got it back to Patterson for his jumper. Pierce was well off on a final attempt.

Thunder 111, Hawks 109

Kevin Durant scored 41 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.5 seconds left, and host Oklahoma City rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Atlanta for its eighth consecutive victory.

Durant scored 13 in the fourth quarter, including a 16-foot, step-back jumper with 25.5 seconds remaining that put Oklahoma City ahead for the first time since the opening 2 minutes. Paul Millsap tied it for Atlanta before Durant knocked down the decisive 12-footer while being guarded by DeMarre Carroll.

Timberwolves 95, Bulls 86

Kevin Love scored 31 points to lead Minnesota over host Chicago.

Ronny Turiaf added 14 points off the bench for the Timberwolves, who snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Bulls and won for the fourth time in five games overall.

Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls, who played without ailing center Joakim Noah (illness) and guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring). D.J. Augustin added 19 points.

The Timberwolves were also missing their starting center. Nikola Pekovic exited with a sore right Achilles tendon midway through the first quarter.

The Bulls pulled within five with 1:29 left on Augustin’s 3-pointer but got no closer. Love answered with a layup with 1:10 remaining, and Corey Brewer’s dunk gave the Timberwolves an 88-79 lead with 57.4 seconds left.

Jazz 106, Kings 99

Derrick Favors had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Marvin Williams added 16 points and 11 rebounds to power host Utah past depleted Sacramento. Enes Kanter scored 15 and Jeremy Evans had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz capitalized on injuries that have left Sacramento without frontcourt starters DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay for the past three games.

After the Jazz sent their starters to the bench with the game seemingly in hand, the Kings mounted a comeback that fell just short. Sacramento trimmed a 20-point lead to five in the final minute but came up empty on three of its final four possessions.


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