Thursday, April 17, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Thunder stay perfect at home with win over Magic

Kevin Durant had 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder won their 12th straight home game, holding off the Orlando Magic for a 101-98 victory Sunday night.

Serge Ibaka blocked a shot by Nikola Vucevic in the final moments to preserve the win.

Russell Westbrook added 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists for Oklahoma City, which has won 14 of its last 15 and hasn't lost at home this season.

Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and former Sixer Vucevic had 13 points and 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double this season for Orlando, which has lost 11 of its 13 road games.

Denver 102, New Orleans 93 - J.J. Hickson had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Nuggets overcame a slow start to beat the visiting Pelicans.

Sacramento 106, Houston 91 - Rudy Gay scored 26 points in his first home game since coming over in a trade from Toronto, leading the Kings past the Rockets.

Minnesota 101, Memphis 93 - Kevin Love had 30 points and nine rebounds; the Timberwolves hit a season-high 12 three-pointers; and Minnesota beat the Grizzlies, snapping Minnesota's 11-game losing streak to Memphis. Love, who connected on all but one of his nine three-pointers in Friday night's loss to San Antonio, was 11 of 21 from the field, including 4 of 8 from outside the arc as Minnesota converted 12 of 26 from long range in winning for the third time in four games.

Portland 111, Detroit 109 - Damian Lillard came spinning down the lane at the end of overtime and was blanketed by Rodney Stuckey, leaving the Blazers guard little choice but to fade to his right for a last-ditch shot. The ball dropped right through, giving the Blazers a victory over the Pistons that seemed unlikely until the final minutes.

- Associated Press

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