NBA Roundup 8th January

Oklahoma City Thunder became the first NBA team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-96 on Sunday.

Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds. He needed only three more assists to record his first career triple-double but instead sat out the entire fourth quarter with the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters. The Thunder were able to coast to the finish after outscoring the Spurs 37-21 in the third.

Reserve James Harden scored 20 for the Thunder.

Gary Neal scored 18 to lead the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker from midway through the third quarter. A team spokesman said Parker was fine and could have played.



In Sacramento, Orlando beat Sacramento despite playing much of the game without foul-plagued Dwight Howard.

The All-Star center spent most of the first three quarters in foul trouble. He didn’t get his first rebound until 4 minutes into the fourth and was scoreless before converting a three-point play with 6:35 remaining, putting the Magic ahead 87-85.

Jason Richardson scored a season-high 22 points and Glen Davis added a season-best 20 for Orlando.

Tyreke Evans had a season-high 28 points and eight assists for the Kings.


SUNS 109, BUCKS 93

In Phoenix, Steve Nash had 17 assists and 10 points in 27 minutes as Phoenix routed weary Milwaukee.

The Suns beat the Bucks in Phoenix for the 24th straight time, dating back to 1986-87. It is the NBA’s second-longest active streak behind San Antonio’s 27 wins in a row at home over Golden State.

Phoenix shot 58 percent, led by Marcin Gortat, who scored 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

Tobias Harris scored 15 for the Bucks at the end of an 0-5 road trip.



In Washington, Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Minnesota past winless Washington.

Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists, controlling the game during much of his 30 minutes off the bench. He entered with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter and quickly hit a 22-foot jumper to start a 17-2 run that gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Nick Young and Trevor Booker scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wizards, who dropped to 0-8 to extend their franchise-worst start to a season. Washington has already lost four games by 18 or more points.


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