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NBA-Highlights of Friday's early NBA games


Dec 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's early National Basketball Association games.

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Magic 109, Pistons 92

Arron Afflalo scored 23 points and Nik Vucevic and rookie Victor Oladipo had double-doubles to help the Orlando Magic coast to victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Vucevic had 20 points and 11 rebounds while Oladipo added 16 points and 11 assists as Orlando ended a three-game losing streak.

Tobias Harris scored 16 points and Glen Davis 14 for the Magic against the defenseless Pistons, who allowed Orlando to shoot 52.9 percent from the field.

The Pistons got 21 points and eight rebounds from point guard Brandon Jennings and 18 points from his backup, Will Bynum, but precious little from anyone else.

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Thunder 89, Bobcats 85

Forward Kevin Durant scored 34 points, including 10 in the final six minutes, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Charlotte Bobcats in their first game without injured guard Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder led by as many as 13 in the second half but ultimately had to hold on when Charlotte's Josh McRoberts missed an open three-point attempt with five seconds remaining and the Thunder leading 87-85.

Oklahoma City's Thabo Sefolosha then hit two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to push the final margin to 89-85.

The win moved the Thunder to 24-5 and was their 19th in their last 21 games. It was also their seventh straight road win, a record in the team's Oklahoma City era.

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Nets 104, Bucks 93

Guard Shawn Livingston scored a game-high 20 points and the Brooklyn Nets buried 12 three-pointers en route to a win over the Milwaukee Bucks to snap a four-game losing streak at the Barclays Center.

Forward Mirza Teletovic scored a career-high 19 points, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, while also grabbing six rebounds for Brooklyn, which led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter.

Guard Paul Pierce had 13 points, forward Kevin Garnett had 10 points and five rebounds and guard Jason Terry scored nine of his 12 points off the bench in the third quarter to give Brooklyn a 76-60 lead entering the fourth quarter.

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Raptors 95, Knicks 83

The Toronto Raptors won the first game of a home-and-home with the New York Knicks, using a fourth-quarter run to secure victory at Madison Square Garden. The two teams square off Saturday in Toronto.

Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led five Toronto players who scored in double figures with 25 points. Center Jonas Valancinuas had 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while point guard Kyle Lowry added 15 points and 11 assists.

The loss dropped New York (9-20) four games behind first-place Toronto (12-15) in the Atlantic Division.

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Timberwolves 120, Wizards 98

Forward Kevin Love posted his NBA-leading 26th double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves topped the Washington Wizards at the Target Center.

Love scored 11 straight points in the first quarter to help the Wolves erase an early 9-0 deficit and ultimately avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season while winning their third consecutive home game.

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic also had a double-double for Minnesota with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his 14th of the season. Guard Ricky Rubio narrowly missed his second triple-double with 11 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

Guard John Wall led Washington with 26 points, 22 of which came in the first half. Guard Bradley Beal added 14, center Nene scored 13, guard Martell Webster chipped in 11.

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