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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Parker, Duncan lead Spurs past Thunder

AP

OKLAHOMA CITY — Once so dominant at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder are giving the teams behind them in the Western Conference a reason for hope.

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A step in front: Boston's Rajon Rondo drives on Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas in the first quarter on Friday night. The Kings routed the Celtics 120-95. AP

Tony Parker scored 25 points, Tim Duncan added 16 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat Oklahoma City 114-105 on Friday night to inch closer to the first-place Thunder in the West standings.

San Antonio is now three games behind Oklahoma City, which has now lost three of four at home after winning 14 in a row at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

"We can't be relaxed because we're at home. Just because we're at home, we're not going to win games," said Thunder star Kevin Durant, who scored 25 points.

The Spurs rolled to a 27-point lead in the first half and was up by 20 late in the third quarter before Oklahoma City rallied within two down the stretch.

Duncan muscled past Serge Ibaka at the left block to answer Durant's 3-pointer that pulled the Thunder to 107-105, and Danny Green stole a careless inbound pass by James Harden for a dunk that put the game away.

Bucks 120, Warriors 98

In Oakland, Monta Ellis returned to Oracle Arena in his much-hyped Bucks debut and finished with 18 points, four rebounds and four assists as Milwaukee beat Golden State.

Suns 109, Pistons 101

In Phoenix, Jared Dudley scored 23 points, and Channing Frye added 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Suns over Detroit.

Raptors 114, Grizzlies 100 (OT)

In Memphis, Jerryd Bayless scored five of his 28 points in overtime and added nine assists to help Toronto beat the Grizzlies.

Knicks 115, Pacers 100

In New York, Tyson Chandler scored 16 points, Jeremy Lin had 13 and the Knicks rolled to their second straight dominant win under Mike Woodson, beating Indiana.

Heat 84, 76ers 78

In Philadelphia, LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade had 12 points and 10 boards and Miami held on to beat the hosts.

Kings 120, Celtics 95

In Sacramento, Marcus Thornton hit five 3-pointers, scored a season-high 36 points and the Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over Boston.

Trail Blazers 100, Bulls 89

In Chicago, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 18 as Portland beat the Bulls, who were without leading scorer Derrick Rose (strained groin).

Hawks 102, Wizards 88

In Atlanta, Joe Johnson matched his season high with 34 points, including the first two baskets of a decisive 11-0 run in the fourth quarter, to lead the Hawks over Washington.

Magic 86, Nets 70

In Orlando, Dwight Howard scored 18 points, and Jameer Nelson and Glen Davis each had 13 to help the Magic thrash New Jersey.

Lakers 97, Timberwolves 92

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Ramon Sessions had seven points and five assists as a reserve in his Lakers debut, and the hosts beat Minnesota for their 19th consecutive win over the Timberwolves.



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