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March 16, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Chicago Bulls 109-100 on Sunday.

Enes Kanter added 18 points and 18 rebounds and fellow center Steven Adams had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder.

Westbrook’s final assist came on the game-turning play. With the Thunder up 99-95 in the final minute, he held the ball until near the end of the shot clock, then passed to Anthony Morrow, who hit a 3-pointer. Nikola Mirotic scored 27 points and Pau Gasol added 20 for Chicago.

Oklahoma City won for the 16th time in its last 18 home games.


ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, and J.R. Smith had 25 as Cleveland rolled past Orlando.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds to help the Cavaliers win their fourth straight and sixth in seven games.

Cleveland went 18 for 35 from 3-point range. Irving was 5 for 6 from beyond the arc.

Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 25 points. Orlando has lost four straight.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Schroder had 24 points and 10 assists, and Al Horford scored 21 points as Atlanta beat Los Angeles.

Atlanta’s Kyle Korver left with a broken nose after taking an offensive foul from Ed Davis with 8:59 left in the first half. The injury ended a streak of 51 consecutive games with a 3-pointer by Korver, who missed both of his shots from behind the arc.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer rested starters Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap and inserted Schroder at the point, Pero Antic at small forward and former Laker Kent Bazemore at power forward. Schroder, the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, made his seventh start in 113 NBA games and was 7 for 16 from the field in his best game as a pro.

Atlanta (52-14) moved within a half-game of idle Golden State for the NBA’s best record with 16 games left — including a showdown with the Warriors on Wednesday night at Oakland.

Reserves Carlos Boozer and Ryan Kelly each scored 13 points for the Lakers.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Harden scored 34 points, and Terrence Jones added 16 points and 12 rebounds in Houston’s victory over Los Angeles.

Trevor Ariza had 19 points and nine rebounds, helping Houston move within two games of idle Memphis for the Southwest Division lead.

Chris Paul scored 23 points for the Clippers, but missed a 5-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer. Blake Griffin had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes in his return to the lineup after surgery to remove a staph infection in his right elbow.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Will Barton scored 25 points, including the game-leveling 3-pointer late in the first overtime, as undermanned Denver beat New Orleans for its fourth straight victory.

Kenneth Faried had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. Danilo Gallinari added 17 points, including a 3 that gave the Nuggets a 114-109 lead with 1:30 left in the second overtime.

Ty Lawson added 19 points and Jameer Nelson 18 for Denver, which won even as coach Melvin Hunt chose to rest three regulars — Wilson Chandler, Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur — so the team could get a better look at some younger players.

Anthony Davis had 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and a career-high seven assists for New Orleans.


TORONTO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds as Portland beat Toronto for the 12th time in 13 meetings.

Damian Lillard scored 23 points, and Arron Afflalo had 14, and Nicolas Batum added 10 points and 12 assists to help the Trail Blazers open a five-game trip with their eighth victory in nine games. They improved to 3-1 since losing starter Wesley Matthews to a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon.

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 for Toronto. The Raptors lost for the 10th time in 12 games.


PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe fell a rebound short of a triple-double and Phoenix overcame a sluggish first half to beat New York.

Bledsoe finished with 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Marcus Morris added 20 points for the Suns, who were without starters Brandon Knight and Alex Len because of sprained ankles. Brandan Wright, starting in place of Len, scored a season-high 18 and matched his season best with 11 rebounds.

Andre Bargnani and Alexey Shved scored 18 points apiece for New York.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio lost Manu Ginobili to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter of its victory over Minnesota.

Ginobili was injured when he went up for a one-handed rebound and landed on the side of Gorgui Dieng’s left foot with 43 seconds left in the period.

He remained on the court for a couple of minutes, rocking on his side and holding his right ankle in agony. He was helped to the back by Tim Duncan and Spurs trainer Will Sevening, hopping on his left foot and not putting his right foot on the floor.

Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points for San Antonio. The Spurs had a season-high 38 assists.

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