Thunder Rout Nuggets – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — A pair of streaks continued in San Antonio last night. The Spurs picked up their 14th consecutive win and sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their 25th straight loss.
Austin Daye had 22 points and Tim Duncan added 19 as the Spurs crushed the Sixers 113-91. Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard and Patty Mills each had 15 points for San Antonio, which took control with a 19-0 run in the first half.
The Spurs won easily without starters Tony Parker, Tiago (tee-AH'-goh) Splitter and Danny Green. They improved to an NBA-best 54-16, giving them a two-game lead over Oklahoma in the Western Conference.
Philadelphia is just one away from tying the league record for consecutive losses set by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010-11. Philly doesn't play again until Thursday in Houston.
The Thunder kept pace with the Spurs as Kevin Durant had 27 points and eight assists in a 117-96 rout of Denver. Caron (kuh-RAHN') Butler scored 23 points in the Thunder's fourth straight win, while Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Checking out the rest of the NBA final scores:
— LeBron James scored 32 points, including a layup with 11.4 seconds left as Miami won for only the fifth time in 12 games, 93-91 over Portland. Chris Bosh finished with 15 points and iced the victory by blocking Damian Lillard's layup in the waning moments.
— The Heat are within two games of the Eastern Conference lead after the first-place Indiana Pacers were beaten 89-77 in Chicago. Taj Gibson contributed 23 points and eight rebounds, while Kirk Hinrich (HYN'-rihk) added 18 points for the Bulls.
— The Los Angeles Clippers were 106-98 winners over Milwaukee behind Blake Griffin's 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Chris Paul had 14 points and seven assists in the Clippers' 12th victory in 13 games.
— Houston has a four-game winning streak after James Harden scored 13 of his 31 points in the third quarter of the Rockets' 100-89 win at Charlotte. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds after missing Houston's previous three games with an ankle injury.
— Mike Conley scored 23 points and Zach Randolph added 17 as Memphis beat Minnesota 109-92. Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') had 14 points and 12 boards in the Grizzlies' eighth victory in 10 games.
— Brooklyn ended a four-game winning streak by blowing a 22-point lead in the second half of a 109-104 overtime loss at New Orleans. Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans scored 14 of his season-high 33 points while the Pelicans closed the third quarter on a 29-10 run.
— Eric Bledsoe scored 20 points and the Phoenix Suns shot 12-for-24 from 3-point range in a 102-95 victory in Atlanta. Channing Frye had 18 points for the Suns, who picked up their fourth straight win to pull even with Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
— Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Detroit hammered Utah 114-94. Rodney Stuckey delivered 19 points for the Pistons, who shot a season-best 55 points and ended a 14-game road losing streak.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') has been diagnosed with vertigo and isn't expected to play against the visiting New York Knicks on Tuesday. The 7-foot Spaniard missed the second half of Sunday's victory over Orlando after complaining of dizziness and nausea. He spent the night in a hospital, but the Lakers said an MRI of his head was normal.