Spurs, Timberwolves have winning streaks ended
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — San Antonio and Portland both had 11-game winning streaks ended on Wednesday ahead of a clash between the NBA Western Conference pacesetters.
Kevin Durant had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to a 94-88 win over San Antonio while Portland’s streak came to an end with a 120-106 defeat at Phoenix.
Among other games, Indiana won its fifth straight by downing Charlotte, Houston cruised past Atlanta and Dirk Nowitzki helped Dallas hang on to defeat Golden State.
Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which is 7-0 at home, the franchise’s best home start in nine years when it was based in Seattle.
The Thunder have won five straight overall, taking control of a tight game with an 8-0 run in the third quarter and withstood a run by the Spurs midway through the fourth quarter.
Tony Parker had 16 points and seven assists for San Antonio, whose 13-1 start had matched the best start in franchise history but they were not able to set a new mark.
Phoenix’s Goran Dragic scored 31 points as the Suns downed Portland 120-106, using an up-tempo style to recover from a poor start.
Markieff Morris scored 19 for the Suns, who wiped out a 16-point second-quarter deficit.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points for the Blazers, who had also won six straight on the road.
Indiana’s C.J. Watson made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points to send the Pacers to a 99-74 win over Charlotte for their fifth straight victory.
Lance Stephenson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have the NBA’s best defense this season and limited the Bobcats to 31 percent shooting.
Al Jefferson had 16 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which has lost six of its past seven home games.
Houston’s Francisco Garcia scored a season-high 21 points as the Rockets beat Atlanta 113-84 and notched a third-straight win.
Aaron Brooks also had 21 for Houston, which never trailed and again used a balanced scoring attack with James Harden out for the third straight game with a foot injury.
Paul Millsap had 16 points for Atlanta.
Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to offset a rough night for playmaking partner Monta Ellis, helping the Mavericks hang on for a 103-99 win over Golden State.
Nowitzki was 11 of 19 from the field and added three assists and two steals.
Ellis finished with a season-low four points on 2-of-16 shooting, but he had 10 assists.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 29 points as the Warriors again stayed close a night after a one-point win in New Orleans.
Miami’s LeBron James scored 28 points and seemed more relaxed than in previous games back in Cleveland, leading the Heat to a 95-84 win over the Cavaliers and their eighth straight win.
James added eight rebounds and eight assists in his fifth game as a visitor against his old team. He improved to 11-1 against Cleveland.
Dwyane Wade added 22 points for Miami, which coasted during long stretches and never appeared threatened.
Dion Waiters, the subject of trade rumors, scored a season-high 24 afor Cleveland.
Denver’s Ty Lawson scored 23 points to lead the Nuggets to a 117-110 win over Minnesota.
Reserve Nate Robinson added 15 for Denver, whose bench outscored the Timberwolves reserves 47-10.
Kevin Martin scored 29 for Minnesota, whose starters all reached double figures but had little help.
Memphis’ Jerryd Bayless scored 22 points to propel the Grizzlies to a 100-93 win over Boston for their fifth straight road win.
Los Angeles’ Blake Griffin had 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Clippers beat plummeting New York 93-80.
Chicago’s Taj Gibson had a career-high 23 points as the Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Detroit 99-79.
Los Angeles’ Wesley Johnson made the tiebreaking basket on a steal and dunk with 1:35 left as the Lakers escaped with a 99-94 win over Brooklyn, having blown a 27-point lead.
Orlando’s Nik Vucevic had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Magic beat Philadelphia 105-94.
Washington’s Marcin Gortat scored 25 points as the Wizards won 100-92 in overtime, handing Milwaukee its tenth-straight loss.