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Nuggets 92, Pacers 89

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Denver's Andre Miller brought back a blast from the past Friday night.

The 36-year-old backup guard scored eight of his 15 points during a 10-0 run in the final three minutes, leading the Nuggets past the Indiana Pacers 92-89.

Miller had a hand in all of the points, also getting an assist on JaVale McGee's dunk during the decisive spurt.

McGee dominated the first half and finished with a season-high 20 points off the bench, helping Denver (10-10) win for 13th time in its last 16 games against the Pacers and for the seventh time in the last nine games in Indy.

76ers 95, Celtics 94, OT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Evan Turner had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-94 overtime win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Turner drove past Courtney Lee and tossed up an off-balance, right-handed shot for a 95-94 lead with 3.9 seconds left. Boston guard Rajon Rondo slipped and his ankles buckled on the last possession, costing him a chance to hit the potential game-winner, a dud ending to his sizzling triple-double.

The same two teams meet again Saturday night in Boston.

Rondo had 16 points, 14 assists and a season-high 13 rebounds. Kevin Garnett had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Paul Pierce scored 27 points. Jeff Green, who gave Boston its last lead in OT with a 3-pointer, scored 19 points.

Warriors 109, Nets 102

NEW YORK (AP) — David Lee had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Stephen Curry scored 28 points, and the Golden State Warriors gave coach Mark Jackson a winning return to Brooklyn by beating the Nets 109-102 on Friday night.

Lee scored six straight points to break open a tie game midway through the fourth quarter, and Curry had 21 in the second half for the Warriors, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Golden State improved to 2-0 on its season-high, seven-game road trip against Eastern Conference opponents, a game played not far from where Jackson became a New York City star.

Joe Johnson scored a season-high 32 points for the Nets, who dropped their season-high third straight. Deron Williams added 23 points and eight assists.

Hawks 104, Wizards 95

ATLANTA (AP) — Josh Smith had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Al Horford also posted a double-double and the Atlanta Hawks beat Washington 104-95 on Friday night to keep the Wizards winless on the road.

Horford had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who have won eight of nine. The Wizards, who had won two of three following their 0-12 start, fell to 0-8 in road games.

Kevin Seraphin had 19 points and Bradley Beal had 18 for Washington, which could not build on its win over defending champion Miami on Tuesday night.

Jeff Teague had 19 points and DeShawn Stevenson made five 3-pointers for 15 points for Atlanta.

Bulls 108, Pistons 104

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah had 30 points and 23 rebounds, setting career highs in both categories in helping the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 16th straight time, 108-104 on Friday night.

Chicago trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls rallied toward the end of the half and took control in the fourth quarter.

All five Chicago starters finished in double figures, including Carlos Boozer with 24 points. Luol Deng and Marco Belinelli scored 16 apiece.

Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 24 points and Brandon Knight added 21. The Pistons had 28 rebounds on the night, only five more than Noah had by himself.

Noah's previous career highs were 26 points and 21 rebounds.

T-Wolves 91, Cavs 73

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Love had 36 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 91-73 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Luke Ridnour had 12 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Timberwolves, and Andrei Kirilenko had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists after missing the previous four games with back spasms.

Alonzo Gee scored 16 points and Anderson Varejao grabbed 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost four in a row and eight of their last nine while star guard Kyrie Irving has been out with a broken left index finger.

The two teams combined for 41 turnovers and shot 25 percent from 3-point range in an ugly offensive game.

Grizzlies 96, Hornets 89

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rudy Gay tied a season high with 28 points and the Memphis Grizzlies maintained their NBA-best winning percentage with their second-straight victory, 96-89 over the struggling New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

New Orleans put up resistance, though, despite losing for the 11th time in 13 games, and Memphis needed Gay's 3 with 2:10 left to get some breathing room.

Former Hornets first-round draft choice Quincy Pondexter tied a season high with 16 points for the Grizzlies, who improved to 14-3 (.823). Zach Randolph added 15 points and Marc Gasol 13.

Ryan Anderson, Austin Rivers and Brian Roberts each scored 15 points for the Hornets, who were within one possession of tying or leading several times in the fourth quarter. Xavier Henry, making his first start this season, had 12 points.

Spurs 114, Rockets 92

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker had 17 points and seven assists, and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed in a 114-92 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

The Spurs had six players score in double figures while matching their season high with 33 assists.

Tiago Splitter scored 15 points and Gary Neal, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Tim Duncan each added 12. Duncan also had a game-high 12 rebounds.

James Harden had 29 points, and Patrick Patterson and Toney Douglas each scored 10 to lead Houston.

It was Harden's first game in San Antonio since helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Spurs last season in the Western Conference finals. The fans certainly remembered Harden, who was booed heartily during pregame introductions and every time he shot a free throw.

Bucks 108, Bobcats 93

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 21 points and Marquis Daniels had season highs with 18 points and six rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks took command early and beat the Charlotte Bobcats 108-93 on Friday night.

Brandon Jennings had 15 points and eight assists and Monta Ellis added 13 points to help the Bucks.

Milwaukee led by 13 after the first quarter, 18 at the half and 25 at the end of the third. Leading 98-77 with 6:06 to play, coach Scott Skiles cleared the bench. The Bobcats closed to within 11, but never got any closer.

Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 19 points and Kemba Walker had 16 for Charlotte, which has lost six in a row.

Jazz 131, Raptors 99

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 20 points, Enes Kanter had 18 in his first career start and the Utah Jazz hit 13 3-pointers to rout the Toronto Raptors 131-99 on Friday night.

Gordon Hayward added 17 points off the bench as Utah improved to 8-1 at home. Marvin Williams, Randy Foye and DeMarre Carroll all made three 3-pointers for the Jazz, who finished 13 for 23 from beyond the arc.

The Jazz hit five 3s in a 3½-minute span of the second quarter to build a 14-point lead after trailing by as many as 10 early. They hit seven more in the second half and led by as many as 34 in the game, a stark contrast to the triple-overtime thriller the Jazz won on Nov. 12 in Toronto.

Thunder 114, Lakers 108

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 36 points, Russell Westbrook scored 27 of his 33 in the first half to stake Oklahoma City to a commanding lead and the Thunder beat the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers 114-108 Friday night.

NBA scoring leader Kobe Bryant had 35 points to lead Los Angeles, which trailed by as much as 19 before rallying to get within four in the final minute. Dwight Howard added 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Lakers.

What could have been an early showdown between championship contenders instead had the Lakers limping in with a losing record and three key players out because of injuries.

Westbrook's big first half put the Thunder in control, but L.A. charged back with a late 27-12 run to make it interesting.

Kings 91, Magic 82

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 17 points and 14 rebounds and reserve guard Isaiah Thomas also scored 17 to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 91-82 on Friday night.

After squandering an 11-point lead in the third quarter, the Kings regrouped in the fourth behind the strong play of their backups. Led by Thomas, who scored 11 points in the period, reserves played for much of the final quarter and produced a 15-2 run that propelled Sacramento to consecutive wins for the second time this season.

Jimmer Fredette had nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who outscored the Magic 29-18. Jason Thompson added 12 points and Aaron Brooks 11. The Kings are 5-0 at home when leading at halftime.



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