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NBA roundup: Jamal Crawford’s 36 helps Clippers beat Thunder

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Clippers 125, Thunder 117

Jamal Crawford scored 36 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Barnes scored 24 points, Chris Paul had 18 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and DeAndre Jordan added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game skid.

Kevin Durant had 42 points and 10 assists and Serge Ibaka added 20 points for the Thunder, who lost their second straight. It was the most points the Thunder have allowed this season.

Oklahoma City overcame a 15-point deficit late in the third quarter to take a 115-112 lead on a 3-pointer by Durant with 2:43 to play, but the Clippers controlled the game from there.

Heat 93, Bulls 79

With LeBron James watching from the bench in a suit and tie, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade powered the host Miami Heat to a victory over the Chicago Bulls.

James was a late scratch after he broke his nose in Thursday’s win at Oklahoma City, and his teammates picked up the slack, with reserves Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Ray Allen helping the Heat pull away in the second half.

Bosh tied a career high with four 3-pointers and had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Mario Chalmers contributed 12 points and nine assists.

But the Heat mostly won with defense against the offensively challenged Bulls, who were also short-handed. Starter Jimmy Butler was a late scratch because of bruised ribs.

The Bulls shot 36 percent, went 6-for-21 from 3-point range and were called for a 24-second violation at least six times, including twice in a row. Joakim Noah had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Chicago.

Raptors 105, Magic 90

Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the host Toronto Raptors beat Orlando, handing the Magic their 15th straight road loss.

Terrence Ross scored 16 and Amir Johnson had 12 points and eight rebounds before leaving with a sprained right ankle in the Raptors’ fifth victory in six games. Toronto improved to 12-3 in its past 15 home games and moved six games above .500 for the first time since Feb 24, 2010.

Tobias Harris scored 28 points and E’Twaun Moore had 16 for Orlando. Nikola Vucevic had 10.

Kings 109, Nuggets 95

Isaiah Thomas, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins combined to score 92 points and the Kings outscored the host Denver Nuggets 39-18 in the third quarter on their way to a road victory.

Thomas’ 33 points led all scorers, but Gay’s double-double helped spark the Kings (20-36) to their third win in their last four games.

Evan Fournier and Randy Foye each had 27 points for Denver (25-30).

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