NBA roundup: Clippers beat Raptors, Thunder top 76ers
Los Angeles Clippers' Jamal Crawford (right) drives past Toronto Raptors' John Salmons during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Saturday January 25 , 2014. (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, January 26, 2014 8:56AM EST
PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a shoulder injury to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to their seventh straight win, 103-91 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.
Durant was scratched against Boston on Friday with a sprained right shoulder. Against the Sixers, he was one of the first Thunder players to hit the court for pregame warmups. He dunked several times, even hanging on the rim for several seconds after one, and was fit to play.
The 12-win Sixers trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to four in the third quarter before Durant keyed a 14-5 run to open a comfortable lead. The NBA's leading scorer has reached at least 30 points in his last 10 games.
Serge Ibaka had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder. James Anderson led the Sixers with 19 points.
CLIPPERS 126, RAPTORS 118
TORONTO (AP) -- Jamal Crawford had a season-high 37 points and 11 assists, and Los Angeles overcame Terrence Ross' 51 points to beat Toronto.
Ross matched Vince Carter's franchise record set 14 years ago and nearly doubled his previous career high of 26 points against Portland on Jan. 2, 2013.
The second-year guard shot 10 of 17 from 3-point range and 9 for 10 at the free throw line. But he missed his final foul shot with 4 seconds left, failing to top the 51 points Carter scored in a 103-102 win over Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2000.
Blake Griffin scored 30 points and J.J. Redick had 18 as the Clippers won for the 10th time in 13 games and snapped a four-game skid in Toronto. Los Angeles improved to 8-3 without star guard Chris Paul, sidelined with a separated shoulder.
DeMar DeRozan went out with a sprained left foot, and the Raptors lost for the first time in three games.
NUGGETS 109, PACERS 96
DENVER (AP) -- Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 25 points and Denver snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Indiana.
Nate Robinson and Timofey Mozgov each added 15. First-year Nuggets coach Brian Shaw won in his first matchup against Indiana since leaving his job as a Pacers assistant to come to Denver.
J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Lance Stephenson scored 23 for Indiana. The Pacers split a road back-to-back set after winning the night before in Sacramento.
Paul George added 18 points and David West 16 for the Pacers, who lost for the eighth time in nine trips to Denver.
BULLS 89, BOBCATS 87
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- D.J. Augustin scored 15 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and Chicago held off Charlotte to get back above .500.
The former Bobcats point guard shot 4 of 5 from the field in the fourth quarter, making a trio of 3-pointers, to help break open a tight game. The Bulls (22-21) have won 10 of 13.
Joakim Noah had 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Bulls, who have won 10 of their last 11 against the Bobcats.
Al Jefferson had 32 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, his ninth straight 20-point game.
GRIZZLIES 99, ROCKETS 81
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Conley scored 17 points and Zach Randolph had 15 points and 17 rebounds as Memphis beat Houston for the second consecutive night.
The Grizzlies won 88-87 in Houston on Friday, then took control of the rematch. Memphis held the Rockets to 38 per cent shooting and built the lead to as many as 27 points before both teams sent in reserves to finish the game.
Courtney Lee also had 15 points and Kosta Koufos scored 14, hitting seven of his eight shots from the field.
James Harden led the Rockets with 16 points. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 12 rebounds, but Houston's three-game road winning streak was snapped.
JAZZ 104, WIZARDS 101
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Enes Kanter scored 24 points and Gordon Hayward hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left to lift Utah past Washington.
Kanter made 11 of 13 shots and the Jazz overcame a 13-point deficit to take control in the fourth quarter and keep the Wizards from moving above the .500 mark for the first time in more than four years.
Hayward finished with 16 points, Alec Burks added 15 and Derrick Favours had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Trevor Ariza led Washington with 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 52 seconds left that drew the Wizards within 101-98.
John Wall banked in a 3-pointer to get within 102-101 with 3.6 seconds left, but Hayward made two free throws and Wall missed at the buzzer.
HAWKS 112, BUCKS 87
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Paul Millsap scored 20 points to lead six teammates in double figures and key the decisive surge that helped Atlanta rebound from a 26-point home loss for the win over Milwaukee.
Millsap scored 14 points during a 24-5 run that bridged the end of the second quarter and the start of the third and put Atlanta ahead 73-47 with 8:24 left in the quarter. The margin grew to 96-64 heading into the fourth and Atlanta beat Milwaukee for the eighth time in their last nine games.
Reserve Louis Williams added 18 points for the Hawks.
Brandon Knight scored 27 points for the Bucks, who lost for the 11th time in their last 12 games. Ersan Ilyasova and Khris Middleton added 11 apiece.