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NBA roundup: Thunder crush Jazz

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Thunder 116, Jazz 96

Kevin Durant had 31 points and nine assists to help host Oklahoma City defeat Utah.

Durant scored at least 25 points for the 38th consecutive game, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight games for the Chicago Bulls during the 1986-87 season.

Russell Westbrook scored 19 points, Serge Ibaka had 17 points and Caron Butler added 15 for the Thunder, who have won six of seven. Oklahoma City shot 55 percent from the field and made 11 of 18 3-pointers and 23 of 26 free throws.

Enes Kanter had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Richard Jefferson scored 17 points and Gordon Hayward added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who have lost four in a row.

Utah trailed 11-0 before Jefferson finally scored with 7:34 left in the first quarter. Oklahoma City led 26-9 at the end of the quarter.

It matched the fewest points the Thunder have allowed in any quarter this season and was the lowest for the Jazz in a first quarter this season.

Raptors 98, Magic 93

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and Toronto escaped with a victory over host Orlando.

Trailing 96-93 with 8.9 seconds to play, the Magic had the ball and an opportunity to tie the game. But coming out of a timeout they failed to inbound the ball, turning it over on a 5-second violation. DeRozan was fouled and hit a pair of free throws to provide the final margin.

The win was the Raptors’ third in a row and seventh straight over the Magic. Toronto swept the season series 3-0.

Nik Vucevic led the Magic with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jameer Nelson and Victor Oladipo each added 16 points.

After struggling offensively for most of the second half, the Magic cut a 21-point deficit all the way down to 76-73 on a layup by Tobias Harris with 9:53 to play in the game.

A driving layup by Oladipo a few possessions later tied it at 78.

Orlando had a chance to take the lead, but came up empty on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Raptors settled down and carved out an 87-80 cushion on two free throws by DeRozan with 5:16 remaining.

Nets 114, Timberwolves 99

Paul Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, and host Brooklyn moved to the brink of a playoff spot by beating Minnesota for its franchise record-tying 13th straight home victory.

Pierce scored 16 in the first quarter, two nights after putting up 17 in the period, and didn’t miss a shot in either. Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who would clinch a playoff spot if the New York Knicks lost to Golden State later Sunday.

Brooklyn equaled the longest home winning streak in the NBA this season and the best in the history of the franchise.

Corey Brewer and Kevin Martin each scored 21 for the Timberwolves, who had won two in row and were coming off the highest-scoring game in the NBA this season, when they scored a franchise-record 143 points in a rout of the Lakers on Friday. But they had only 17 in the fourth quarter of this one as Brooklyn surged to the finish.

Love finished with just 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wolves, shooting 5-of-14 and saying afterward he felt “exhausted” and was perhaps getting sick.

The Nets led by one early in the fourth quarter, but got three 3-pointers from Alan Anderson in a 13-4 spurt that gave them a 98-88 lead with 6:51 remaining, and Pierce later added a 3 to make it a 13-point cushion.

Bulls 107, Celtics 102

D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his career-high 33 points in the fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls held off slumping host Boston.

Augustin was perfect from the foul line on 10 attempts and was 10-for-14 from the floor, including a 3-pointer late in the period to break a 96-all tie and give Chicago the lead for good. He followed that with six straight free throws to help the Bulls close out the Celtics.

Augustin’s previous high score was 31 points against Philadelphia in January 2011.

Joakim Noah finished with 13 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Bulls, who will try for a three-game season sweep against the Celtics tonight in Chicago.

Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy added 11 points apiece as all five Chicago starters scored in double figures.


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