Thunder offense too much for Pacers

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant scored 27 points, Kevin Martin added 24 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 104-93 for their eighth win in a row.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook strips the ball away from Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the fourth quarter to help seal the Thunder's 104-93 win.  SUE OGROCKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook strips the ball away from Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the fourth quarter to help seal the Thunder's 104-93 win.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert during a late 8-0 burst by the Thunder that put it away after the Pacers had pulled within three.

David West led the way with 21 points for Indiana.

BUCKS 97, NETS 88

In New York, Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Brooklyn’s fourth-quarter rally in a victory over the Nets.

MarShon Brooks, who scored 14 points, hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to bring the Nets within seven but Marquis Daniels’ hit a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.

KNICKS 112, NUGGETS 106

In New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team, and the New York Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets to remain the NBA’s lone unbeaten team at home.

CLIPPERS 102, RAPTORS 83

In Los Angeles, Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Toronto to win their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss.

Eric Bledsoe added 14 points to help the Clippers’ reserves outscore their counterparts 47-24.

Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 19 points.

MAGIC 98, SUNS 90

In Phoenix, rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic pulled away to hand the Phoenix Suns their seventh loss in a row, their longest losing streak since 2004.


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