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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thunder rout unruly Bucks


MILWAUKEE — First, Oklahoma City hit shots over the Milwaukee Bucks. Then the Thunder got under their skin.

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Launch pad: Phoenix's Shannon Brown puts up a 3-pointer against Minnesota in the third quarter on Monday night. The Suns routed the Timberwolves 114-90. AP

Russell Westbrook scored 26 points and the Thunder won their second straight, beating the Bucks 109-89 Monday in a game that featured seven technical fouls, an ejection of Milwaukee backup forward Larry Sanders and a confrontation between Mike Dunleavy and Serge Ibaka.

Sanders was ejected after earning a pair of technicals in the second half, while Dunleavy, Brandon Jennings and coach Scott Skiles also were assessed technicals for Milwaukee.

Did all those technicals frustrate the Bucks?

"A little bit," Westbrook said. "It just showed we did our job as a team and came out and got a win."

Kevin Durant added 19 for the Thunder, who broke a three-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto on Sunday. Oklahoma City moved back ahead of San Antonio by percentage points for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

"It reaffirmed we are definitely a top-tier team in this league," Westbrook said.

Ibaka and Nazr Mohammed also were called for technicals.

Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 points.

The Bucks were called for five technicals in a game for the first time since a Dec. 31, 2001, game at Chicago, although Skiles and Dunleavy both said afterward that they hoped to get theirs rescinded by the league.

Suns 114, Timberwolves 90

In Minneapolis, Shannon Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds and Phoenix's reserves outscored the hosts 66-27.

Markieff Morris led the backups with 21 points and Steve Nash had 14 points and five assists for the Suns, who have won five of their last six games to surge back into the playoff picture.

Lakers 93, Hornets 91

In New Orleans, Pau Gasol had 25 points and nine rebounds, and Los Angeles overcame Kobe Bryant's absence due to a sore left shin to beat the Hornets.

Grizzlies 94, Clippers 85

In Memphis, Marc Gasol scored 18 points, Rudy Gay had 16 and the Grizzlies held on to beat Los Angeles.

Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 21 points and six assists.

Pacers 103, Raptors 98

In Indianapolis, Danny Granger and George Hill scored 18 points each as the Pacers took an early lead and held off Toronto.

Wizards 113, Bobcats 85

In Charlotte, Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Washington got 67 points from its reserves in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams.

Magic 119, Pistons 89

In Orlando, Jason Richardson hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, J.J. Redick had 20 points and the Magic cruised past Detroit.

Nuggets 123, Warriors 84

In Denver, rookie Kenneth Faried had season highs of 27 points and 17 boards, and the Nuggets never trailed and crushed Golden State.

Jazz 91, Spurs 84

In Salt Lake City, Devin Harris scored 25 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and Utah halted San Antonio's 11-game winning streak and boosted its own playoff hopes.

Utah (30-28) is injury riddled but the Spurs (40-15) were short-handed in a different way, choosing not to bring stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili for the rematch of the home-and-home set. Coach Gregg Popovich wanted the trio, averaging 46.8 points, to rest.

Rockets 94, Trail Blazers 89

In Portland, Goran Dragic scored 22 points and Houston beat the hosts to complete a perfect four-game road trip.

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