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February 9, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Thunder to a 131-108 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without All-Star Blake Griffin.

The Clippers announced before the game that Griffin will be out indefinitely because of a staph infection in his right elbow. Without him, the Clippers fell to their most lopsided loss of the season.

Russell Westbrook had 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and rookie Mitch McGary had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who shot 52 percent and moved back above the .500 mark.

Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and Chris Paul had 18 points and 13 assists for the Clippers.

GRIZZLIES 94, HAWKS 88

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Mike Conley had 21 points and six assists, and Marc Gasol finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Memphis beat Atlanta.

The game was tied at 86 after Mike Scott’s 3-pointer with 3:24 left before Memphis scored the next eight points to put away the game.

Zach Randolph had 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Kosta Koufos finished with 10 points and seven rebounds as Memphis outrebounded the Hawks 55-37.

One of those rebounds provided the tiebreaking basket, with Tony Allen tipping in Randolph’s miss to make it 88-86 with 2:28 remaining.

Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 22 points, shooting 9 of 13, while Kent Bazemore added 14 points. Dennis Schroder and Scott finished with 11 apiece off the Atlanta bench and DeMarre Carroll scored 10.

CAVALIERS 120, LAKERS 105

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points and LeBron James flirted with a triple-double as Cleveland quickly got back to winning.

The Cavs had their 12-game winning streak snapped Friday, a run that started when they beat the Lakers on Jan. 15. This time, Love made five 3-pointers in the second quarter and two more in the third as Cleveland opened a 26-point lead.

James scored 22 with 10 rebounds and eight assists in three quarters. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving added 28 points and 10 assists.

Rookie Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 20 for the Lakers, who matched a franchise worst with their 10th straight road loss. Los Angeles hasn’t won away from Staples Center since Dec. 30 at Denver. The Lakers also lost 10 in a row on the road in 1957-58 and 1963-64.

RAPTORS 87, SPURS 82

TORONTO (AP) — James Johnson scored a season-high 20 points in his return to the starting lineup and DeMar DeRozan had 18 as Toronto denied Spurs coach Gregg Popovich his 1,000th career victory.

Amir Johnson added 15 points, Kyle Lowry 12 and Jonas Valanciunas had a season-high 16 rebounds as Toronto improved to 8-2 at home against Western Conference opponents. The Raptors snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Spurs and won for the first time in five home meetings.

Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli each scored 12 points, Kawhi Leonard had 11 and Tony Parker 10 as the Spurs shot 31 for 93 (.333), their worst performance of the season. San Antonio’s previous low was .344 at Houston on Nov. 6 in a 98-81 defeat.

TRAIL BLAZERS 109, ROCKETS 98

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 23 to help Portland fight off a late charge from Houston.

James Harden tied a season high with 45 points for the Rockets, who are playing without star center Dwight Howard, out indefinitely with knee swelling.

The Trail Blazers led by 17 in the second half, but a big third quarter helped Houston to a slim lead early in the fourth quarter. Portland scored seven straight points to break a tie and take a 92-85 lead midway through the period, with five points from Meyers Leonard in that stretch.

Houston cut the lead to four points twice in the last 2 ½ minutes, but Portland answered both times.

BULLS 98, MAGIC 97

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Pau Gasol dunked in the rebound of Derrick Rose’s missed layup with 9.4 seconds left as Chicago rallied to beat Orlando.

Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 27 points, and Gasol finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Joakim Noah added 18 points and nine rebounds.

Chicago led by as many as 16 points, before finding itself in a six-point hole with just over 2 minutes to play.

The Magic had two opportunities to win the game in the closing seconds. But Nik Vucevic’s hook rolled off the rim, and Tobias Harris overshot a potential game-winning tip-in as time expired.

Victor Oladipo led six Orlando players in double figures with 18 points. Harris added 15, and Vucevic 14.

KINGS 85, SUNS 83

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins made a jumper as time expired and finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, giving Sacramento a victory over Phoenix.

Cousins rescued the Kings from a fourth straight loss. Sacramento squandered a 14-point lead in the final quarter when it was outscored 24-12.

But Cousins launched a 19-footer from the key that hit the rim several times before settling into the basket, setting of a huge celebration at midcourt by the struggling Kings.

Isaiah Thomas had 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for the Suns, who have dropped four of five games. Goran Dragic added 13 points.

PACERS 103, HORNETS 102

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — George Hill’s baseline layup with 4.9 seconds left lifted Indiana to a come-from-behind victory over Charlotte.

C.J. Watson had 22 points and David West, Luis Scola and Rodney Stuckey each had 15 as the Pacers battled back from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit for their third straight win.

Al Jefferson had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Brian Roberts added 19 points in the loss.

After Marvin Williams knocked down a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to put the Hornets up by one, Hill drove the right side of the line. He got underneath the basket and turned around to find himself alone near the low block. He converted the easy layup for the go-ahead basket.

TIMBERWOLVES 112, PISTONS 101

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Nikola Pekovic scored 29 points and Kevin Martin added 24 to lift Minnesota to its third straight victory.

Minnesota had not even won back-to-back games this season until this modest streak. The Timberwolves led throughout against the Pistons despite the absence of guard Ricky Rubio, who is still recovering from a left ankle injury. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points for Minnesota, and Thaddeus Young added 16.

Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, going 8 of 8 from the field.

Detroit trailed 74-55 in the third quarter before fighting back to make a game of it. It was 83-79 early in the fourth, but a 3-pointer by Wiggins started an 18-6 run for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves have won 10 straight over the Pistons.

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