Nuggets Lose Hickson To Knee Surgery – NBA Roundup
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say forward J.J. Hickson has had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee injured last Friday in Dallas. The 25-year-old averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds this season.
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder had Russell Westbrook back in the lineup on Tuesday night, but they failed to gain ground on the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs now lead the NBA's Western Conference by 2 ½ games over the Thunder following Oklahoma City's 128-119 overtime loss at Dallas.
Dirk Nowitzki scored seven of his 32 points in overtime and finished with 10 rebounds and six assists. Jose Calderon went 6 for 8 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points.
Westbrook scored 23 for Oklahoma City, none in overtime. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 43 points and has scored at least 25 in 36 consecutive games. That's the longest such streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run during the 1986-87 season.
Also in the NBA:
— Dion Waiters scored 24 points and Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) added 19 as Cleveland downed Toronto 102-100 to end a five-game losing streak. The Raptors stormed back from a 21-point deficit before their lead in the Atlantic Division was trimmed to 1 ½ games over Brooklyn.
— Orlando had dropped nine straight before Tobias Harris contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds to the Magic's 95-85 win over Portland. Nik Vucevic added 22 points and 10 boards for the Magic, who closed the third quarter on an 11-2 run and increased their lead to 19 early in the fourth.
— The Lakers were on the right side of a laugher for a change as Xavier Henry scored 22 points and Nick Young 20 in a 127-96 rout of the Knicks in Los Angeles. New York actually led 22-14 after one period before the Lakers outscored the Knicks 87-51 over the next two quarters.