Jan 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games.
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Thunder 108, Kings 93
Durant did not come close to racking up the 54 points he scored in his previous outing on Friday. He did not need to, as he controlled the action by not just pouring in points, but also being the primary playmaker.
The Kings (14-25) ended up fouling Durant with 2:11 left in the game. He hit both free throws, which extended his streak of scoring at least 30 points to seven games.
Oklahoma City (31-10) forward Serge Ibaka added 20 points on 9-for-13 shooting.
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Spurs 110, Bucks 82
Milwaukee led 16-14 in the first quarter but San Antonio (32-9) scored 15 consecutive points to end the quarter. Milwaukee (7-33) was never able to get back in the game.
Tim Duncan had 11 points and 13 rebounds, but reserve guard Patty Mills led the Spurs with 20 points, which equaled a season high.
Guard Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 21 points. The Bucks have lost nine straight games.
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Lakers 112, Raptors 106
Nick Young scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors for their second win in a row.
Pau Gasol added 22 points and had nine rebounds for the Lakers (16-25), while DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points and guard Kyle Lowry added 21 with nine assists for the Raptors (20-19).
Toronto scored 36 points in the first quarter and raced to a 19-point lead midway through the second. Los Angeles fought back by closing the half with a 23-8 run.
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Magic 93, Celtics 91
Arron Afflalo had 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic snap a 10-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics.
Glen Davis had 17 points, including nine in the final seven minutes, to spark the win. Magic (11-30) forward Tobias Harris had 18 points and hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory.
Jeff Green led the Celtics (14-28) with 22 points. Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, in just his second game after returning from knee surgery, had six points and six assists in 21 minutes.
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Suns 117, Nuggets 103
Frye hit 12-of-16 shots from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range as the Suns moved three full games in front of the Nuggets in the battle for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Markieff Morris added 16 points and guard Goran Dragic had 15 points and six assists for the Suns (23-17), who scored the first eight points on Sunday and led wire-to-wire.
Anthony Randolph had 19 points and Wilson Chandler, guard Evan Fournier and guard Ty Lawson had 17 points each for Denver (20-20), which fell back to .500 at 20-20 and has now lost three of the last four, all on the road. (Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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