March 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games.
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Pacers 99, 76ers 90
The loss was the Sixers' 21st in a row, setting a club record. They are five short of the NBA record of 26 consecutive losses set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
Stephenson scored 19 points in the first half and led the Pacers (50-17) in scoring for the first time in nearly two months.
The Sixers (15-52) have not won since Jan. 29, when Evan Turner, now a Pacer, scored the game-winning basket in a 95-94 win over Boston.
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Thunder 97, Bulls 85
For the 32nd consecutive game, Durant scored at least 25 points, the second-longest streak in the NBA over the past 50 years, according to the Thunder.
Russell Westbrook added 17 points and nine assists for Oklahoma City, while Taj Gibson led Chicago (37-30) with 16 points in the defeat.
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Rockets 124, Jazz 86
The Houston Rockets returned home after losing three in a row on the road to torch the Utah Jazz 124-86.
Houston forward Terrence Jones scored 13 of his 30 points in the third quarter as the Rockets (45-22) extended their home winning streak to a season-high nine games.
Utah (22-46), meanwhile, lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
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Mavericks 94, Celtics 89
Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points as the Dallas Mavericks opened an eight-game homestand with a win over Boston.
The Mavs improved to 41-27 and matched their victory total of last season, the first non-playoff campaign for the franchise since 1999-2000.
The Celtics (22-46) have dropped five in row, and finished the season 0-15 against the West on the road. Boston have lost seven of their last eight against Dallas.
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Hawks 97, Bobcats 83
Paul Millsap scored 28 points and the Atlanta Hawks continued their mastery over the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Hawks (30-35) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half and took control of the game by outscoring Charlotte 30-16 in the third quarter.
It was Atlanta's 11th straight victory over Charlotte spanning the past three seasons, and it allowed the Hawks to close to within 1 1/2 games of the Bobcats in the battle for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Nuggets 110, Clippers 100
Kenneth Faried scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, guard Ty Lawson added 19 points, and the Denver Nuggets stopped the Los Angeles Clippers' 11-game winning streak.
Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson contributed 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Los Angeles guard Chris Paul had 29 points and seven assists, and Blake Griffin finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
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Nets 108, Suns 95
Deron Williams scored 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting while recording three steals as the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Phoenix Suns.
It was the Nets' eighth win in 10 games as they are three games over .500 for the second time this season.
The Suns have lost four of their last six in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They dropped 1.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies, who occupy the eighth spot in the Western Conference.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)