Nuggets 114, Thunder 104
Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the visiting Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder to win a 13th consecutive game for the first time since joining the NBA.
The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead. Denver moved within 3½ games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.
Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Russell Westbrook contributed 25 for Oklahoma City, which lost at home for just the fifth time this season.
Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95
Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to help the host Milwaukee Bucks hang on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers. Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, which outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter — the Trail Blazers’ fewest points in any period this season. The Blazers shot 2-for-20 from the field and had six turnovers in the quarter.
The Bucks took a 58-31 lead into halftime before Portland fought back with 64 second-half points to make things interesting.
Wesley Matthews hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games.
Pacers 95, Magic 73
Paul George scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds, leading the host Indiana Pacers to a rout of the struggling Orlando Magic. The Pacers improved to 27-8 at home despite playing without second-leading scorer David West because of a sprained lower back.
Maurice Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 10 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth in a row on a night they shot 31.8 percent from the field and coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected in a flurry of four technical fouls with 4:47 left in the third quarter.
The Central Division-leading Pacers closed the first quarter on a 12-0 run to take a 19-12 lead, led 42-29 at the half, and 62-44 in the third quarter after the technicals.
Orlando couldn’t get closer than 12 points the rest of the way. How miserable was it?
Indiana started the game by missing its first six 3-point attempts, but Orlando missed its final 11 shots in the first quarter and barely avoided matching the franchise’s all-time low scoring total in the first half — needing a tip-in with 29.1 seconds left in the second quarter to top the 27 points they scored at Houston on Jan. 24, 2005.