Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Rout ends Durant's 30 run

NEW YORK — Kevin Durant's 30-point streak ended at 12 games when he scored 26 in just 30 minutes, and the Thunder won its 10th in a row with a 120-95 victory over the Nets on Friday.

Serge Ibaka made all 12 shots from the field and added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, which was so good that Durant sat the entire fourth quarter, the only way to slow him down right now.

The league's leading scorer finished 10-of-12 from the field, though his scoring average during January dropped from 36.6 to 35.9.

Oklahoma City shot 63.6 percent, highest in the league this season, and outrebounded Brooklyn 41-17 in the game, which drew a number of celebrities with the Super Bowl in town, including former President Bill Clinton.

The Nets' Shaun Livingston scored 16 while drawing the assignment of defending Durant because Andrei Kirilenko was out with a strained right calf.

Magic ends skid

ORLANDO — Arron Afflalo scored 21, Tobias Harris added 18 and the Magic ran past the Bucks 113-102 to end a three-game losing streak.

Orlando extended its home winning streak over Milwaukee to 16 games.

The Magic led by as many as 25 and had six players reach double figures. Nik Vucevic had 12 points and six rebounds in his second game back from a concussion.

Caron Butler scored 20 for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth straight. The Bucks played without former Sickles High standout John Henson, who was out with a sprained right wrist. O.J. Mayo missed his third consecutive game with an illness.

Henson and Mayo's absences were felt as the Magic jumped to a double-digit lead in the first half that grew to as many as 22.

The Magic scored a season-high 67 in the first half and took a 21-point lead into halftime. Orlando dominated in the paint, outscoring the Bucks 30-18.

Game highlights: Zach Randolph had 26 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies overcame Kevin Love's 28 points and 16 rebounds to beat the host Timberwolves 94-90. The Grizzlies have won five straight and 10 of their past 11. … Mike Scott and Elton Brand scored 18 apiece to lead seven Hawks in double figures as Atlanta routed the host 76ers 125-99.

Stern's last day on the job: David Stern, 71, is retiring today, exactly 30 years after becoming commissioner of the NBA and growing the league's brand around the globe. "I think he is the greatest person in NBA history. He made everything happen," said Yao Ming, the former Rockets center from China and one of the most important of the many international players who found homes in Stern's NBA. In the early 1980s, weekday games of the NBA Finals were shown on tape delay. Now the league is a $5.5 billion industry with the highest-paid team athletes in sports. Stern hands the league over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver, his top aide.

Around the league: All-Star Kyrie Irving, responding to more rumors that he is frustrated, said he does not want out of Cleveland and hopes to be a Cavalier for a long time. "I enjoy going out and competing at the highest level for the Cleveland Cavaliers," Irving said earlier this week. … Mejia Monterroso, a former security guard who stole Lakers championship rings from a training center, was sentenced to 180 days in jail. He pleaded no contest to grand theft and will pay nearly $14,000 in restitution. … Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley had to be helped to the locker room with an apparent right ankle injury in the fourth quarter against Minnesota. … Nuggets guard Nate Robinson had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and is out for the season.

Thunder 120, Nets 95

OKLAHOMA CITY (120): Durant 10-12 3-3 26, Ibaka 12-12 1-2 25, Perkins 4-9 0-0 8, Jackson 6-15 2-3 14, Sefolosha 5-9 3-4 14, Jones 3-5 4-4 11, Fisher 0-2 0-0 0, Lamb 5-6 2-2 12, Collison 1-3 2-2 4, Adams 2-3 0-0 4, Thabeet 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 49-77 17-20 120.

BROOKLYN (95): Johnson 4-8 0-0 9, Pierce 2-5 6-7 10, Garnett 0-4 0-0 0, Livingston 6-8 4-4 16, Anderson 2-5 0-0 5, Blatche 3-9 0-0 7, Williams 5-8 1-2 14, Teletovic 1-6 0-0 3, Evans 0-3 0-0 0, Plumlee 5-6 3-4 13, Terry 4-6 0-0 11, Teague 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 35-74 14-17 95.

Oklahoma City 30 33 26 31— 120

Brooklyn 16 19 24 36— 95

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 5-15 (Durant 3-3, Jones 1-1, Sefolosha 1-4, Fisher 0-2, Jackson 0-5), Brooklyn 11-24 (Williams 3-4, Terry 3-5, Johnson 1-1, Blatche 1-1, Teague 1-2, Anderson 1-4, Teletovic 1-5, Pierce 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 50 (Ibaka 9), Brooklyn 23 (Pierce 5). AssistsOklahoma City 28 (Durant, Jackson 7), Brooklyn 18 (Teletovic 4). Total FoulsOklahoma City 19, Brooklyn 21. TechnicalsIbaka, Garnett, Brooklyn three seconds. A17,732.

Magic 113, Bucks 102

MILWAUKEE (102): Middleton 5-11 0-0 10, Ilyasova 4-12 0-0 10, Sanders 4-11 2-4 10, Knight 3-9 2-2 10, Wolters 4-11 0-3 8, Butler 7-12 2-2 20, Antetokounmpo 4-7 5-9 15, Raduljica 3-4 0-0 6, Neal 5-10 3-4 13. Totals 39-87 14-24 102.

ORLANDO (113): Afflalo 7-13 6-7 21, Davis 2-6 0-0 4, Vucevic 5-9 2-2 12, Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, Oladipo 5-10 4-5 15, O'Quinn 3-6 2-2 8, Moore 5-7 0-0 13, Harris 7-18 4-5 18, Harkless 4-8 2-4 10, Lamb 3-3 0-0 8, Price 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 43-83 20-25 113.

Milwaukee 20 26 18 38— 102

Orlando 35 32 21 25— 113

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 10-21 (Butler 4-6, Ilyasova 2-3, Antetokounmpo 2-4, Knight 2-5, Middleton 0-1, Neal 0-2), Orlando 7-16 (Moore 3-5, Lamb 2-2, Oladipo 1-2, Afflalo 1-2, Harkless 0-1, Nelson 0-1, O'Quinn 0-1, Harris 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 52 (Sanders 9), Orlando 51 (O'Quinn 7). AssistsMilwaukee 23 (Wolters 9), Orlando 27 (Oladipo 7). Total FoulsMilwaukee 20, Orlando 22. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second. A17,292.

Hawks 125, 76ers 99

ATLANTA (125): Carroll 5-9 0-0 13, Millsap 4-11 4-7 12, Ayon 3-4 1-2 7, Teague 3-10 6-6 12, Korver 3-4 2-2 11, Brand 8-12 2-3 18, L.Williams 3-10 5-5 12, Mack 4-6 0-0 8, Schroder 3-5 3-3 9, Scott 8-14 2-2 18, Nunnally 1-4 2-2 5, Cunningham 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 45-89 27-34 125.

PHILADELPHIA (99): Turner 2-10 2-2 6, Young 11-19 4-7 29, Hawes 3-5 0-0 6, Carter-Williams 4-9 8-10 17, Anderson 0-6 0-0 0, Allen 5-10 1-2 11, Thompson 2-7 2-2 7, Wroten 1-13 4-4 6, Dedmon 1-2 0-0 2, E.Williams 3-6 8-10 15. Totals 32-87 29-37 99.

Atlanta 27 37 38 23— 125

Philadelphia 21 31 23 24— 99

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 8-16 (Carroll 3-4, Korver 3-4, Nunnally 1-2, L.Williams 1-4, Mack 0-1, Brand 0-1), Philadelphia 6-22 (Young 3-6, Thompson 1-3, E.Williams 1-3, Carter-Williams 1-3, Turner 0-1, Hawes 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Wroten 0-4). Fouled OutDedmon. ReboundsAtlanta 57 (Carroll, Scott 9), Philadelphia 57 (Allen 10). AssistsAtlanta 36 (Teague 8), Philadelphia 19 (Carter-Williams 5). Total FoulsAtlanta 22, Philadelphia 25. TechnicalsHawes, Turner. A14,702.

Grizzlies 94, Timberwolves 90

MEMPHIS (94): Prince 5-11 0-2 11, Randolph 11-20 4-7 26, Gasol 4-10 1-1 9, Conley 4-14 4-4 12, Lee 5-7 5-7 16, Calathes 3-5 0-0 7, Davis 3-5 0-1 6, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 38-80 14-22 94.

MINNESOTA (90): Brewer 2-7 2-2 6, Love 12-20 1-1 28, Turiaf 3-4 1-2 7, Rubio 2-7 2-2 6, Martin 7-17 0-0 14, Dieng 0-1 0-0 0, Barea 5-11 0-0 12, Budinger 1-5 0-0 3, Shved 1-3 0-0 2, Cunningham 6-9 0-0 12. Totals 39-84 6-7 90.

Memphis 30 20 16 28— 94

Minnesota 22 15 30 23— 90

3-Point GoalsMemphis 4-12 (Lee 1-1, Calathes 1-1, Miller 1-2, Prince 1-4, Johnson 0-2, Conley 0-2), Minnesota 6-22 (Love 3-7, Barea 2-5, Budinger 1-5, Shved 0-1, Rubio 0-1, Brewer 0-1, Martin 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 45 (Randolph 12), Minnesota 51 (Love 16). AssistsMemphis 19 (Conley 8), Minnesota 18 (Rubio 8). Total FoulsMemphis 11, Minnesota 20. TechnicalsMemphis three second, Rubio. A17,429.

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