Friday, May 25, 2018
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Durant has big night as Rockets grounded

HOUSTON — Kevin Durant scored 32 and the Warriors used a big third quarter to build a huge lead and coast to their sixth straight victory, 125-108 Friday over the Rockets.

In a matchup of two of the best teams in the Western Conference, the Rockets fell short. Houston, which entered the game leading the NBA with 667 3-pointers, was just 7-of-35 behind the arc. James Harden went 0-for-5 and Eric Gordon, who entered the game leading the NBA with 160 3s, missed all seven.

The Warriors were up by five at halftime and used a 12-4 run to open the second half and stretch their lead to 74-61 with about nine minutes left in the quarter.

Golden State got six points from Durant in that span, including a dunk and a nifty reverse layup.

Game Highlights: Robert Covington scored 22 to lead the host 76ers to a come-from-behind 93-92 win over the Trail Blazers. Joel Embiid added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, but he bruised his left knee and missed the final 8:50. … Elfrid Payton scored 20, and the host Magic beat the Bucks 112-96. … Brook Lopez and Bojan Bogdanovic each scored 23 as the visiting Nets ended an 11-game losing streak, routing the Pelicans 143-114.

Around the League: The Magic inducted Penny Hardaway into the team's Hall of Fame during a ceremony before the game against the Bucks. … The NBA fined Sidney Lowe $5,000 and the Wizards organization $15,000 after the assistant coach was standing on the court during the Knicks' final possession of a game Thursday night. … Spurs center Pau Gasol had surgery to repair a fractured left ring finger.

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