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NBA Roundup: Thunder win 3 games in 3 nights by downing Spurs 108-96

01/09/2012 12:38 EST | Updated 03/09/2012 05:12 EST
OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds, reserve James Harden scored 20 and the Oklahoma City Thunder became the first NBA team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-96 Sunday.

Durant needed only three more assists to record his first career triple-double but instead sat out the entire fourth quarter with the rest of Oklahoma City's starters. The Thunder were able to coast to the finish for the second time in their back-to-back-to-back set after outscoring the Spurs 37-21 in the third.

Gary Neal scored 18 to lead the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker after he came out of the game and walked to locker room midway through the third quarter. He returned to the bench a few minutes later, and a team spokesman said Parker was fine and could have played.

LAKERS 90, GRIZZLIES 82

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored 26 points, Andrew Bynum had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Los Angeles beat Memphis for its sixth consecutive home victory.

Matt Barnes scored 15 points and Pau Gasol had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Lakers, who have won six of eight after an 0-2 start despite playing the NBA's busiest early-season schedule, matching Oklahoma City with 10 games in the first 15 days.

Although they haven't lost at Staples Center since their season opener on Christmas, the Lakers committed a season-high 27 turnovers and never pulled away from the injury-depleted Grizzlies. Memphis had beaten Los Angeles in two of the last three meetings, including a 19-point blowout in the Grizzlies' last trip to Staples.

Rudy Gay scored 19 points to lead five players in double figures for Memphis, which wrapped up a three-game road trip with an unimpressive fourth quarter. The Grizzlies have lost two straight after winning their first two games following Zach Randolph's serious knee injury.

MAGIC 104, KINGS 97

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jason Richardson scored a season-high 22 points, Glen Davis added a season-best 20 and Orlando beat Sacramento despite playing much of the game without foul-plagued Dwight Howard.

The all-star centre had five points and four rebounds in 20 minutes and spent most of the first three quarters in foul trouble. He didn't get his first rebound until four minutes into the fourth and was scoreless before converting a three-point play with 6:35 remaining, putting the Magic ahead 87-85.

Tyreke Evans had a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Kings. DeMarcus Cousins, also hampered by fouls, had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Ryan Anderson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Orlando. Hedo Turkoglu banked in a three-pointer with the shot clock running down to give the Magic a 93-89 lead with just less than three minutes remaining.

TIMBERWOLVES 93, WIZARDS 72

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists to lead Minnesota past winless Washington.

Rubio also grabbed six rebounds and controlled the game during much of his 30 minutes off the bench. He entered with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter and quickly hit a 22-foot jumper to start a 17-2 run that gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Six players scored in double figures for the Timberwolves, who opened their first set of three games in three days during the lockout-shortened season. They are playing all three without forward Michael Beasley, who sprained his right foot during Friday night's loss to Cleveland.

Nick Young and Trevor Booker scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wizards, who dropped to 0-8 to extend their franchise-worst start to a season. Washington has already lost four games by 18 or more points.

SUNS 109, BUCKS 93

PHOENIX (AP) — Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points in 27 minutes as Phoenix routed the weary Milwaukee Bucks.

The Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th straight time, the NBA's second-longest active streak behind San Antonio's 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.

Phoenix shot 58 per cent, led by Marcin Gortat, who scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Channing Frye went 6 of 7 and made all four three-point tries to finish with 16 points. Seven players, including all five starters, reached double figures for the Suns.

Tobias Harris scored 15 for the Bucks at the end of an 0-5 road trip. Milwaukee last won in Phoenix on Feb. 21, 1987.

TRAIL BLAZERS 98, CAVALIERS 78

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds, and Portland got off to a slow start but pulled away to beat Cleveland.

Wesley Matthews added 24 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by as many as 24.

Kyrie Irving, the top pick in last June's NBA draft, had 21 points — 11 in the third quarter. Antawn Jamison, who was Cleveland's top scorer going into the game, made a three-pointer for his only basket of the game, but had 11 rebounds.

The Cavaliers were only allowing an average of six fast-break points per game, but Portland had 22.

The Blazers are 6-2, with their two losses coming on the road to the Clippers and the Suns.

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