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Lakers, Jodie Meeks upset Thunder

Posted: March 10, 2014 3:14 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2014 3:14 a.m.

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks, right, drives around Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Derek Fisher, left, on Sunday in Los Angeles.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Meeks scored 24 of his career-high 42 points in the second half, helping the Los Angeles Lakers overcome a triple-double by Thunder star Kevin Durant to win 114-110 on Sunday.

Pau Gasol added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the injury-ravaged Lakers, who had lost 29 of their previous 37 games. Meeks was 11 of 18 from the field and 14 for 14 at the foul line while becoming the third player to reach the 30-point mark this season for Los Angeles.

Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double this season. Serge Ibaka had 21 points and 15 boards for Oklahoma City.

The Lakers trailed the Thunder by as many as 18 in the second quarter before taking their first lead on a pair of free throws by Meeks that made it 71-70 with 4:35 left in the third.

BULLS 95, HEAT 88

CHICAGO (AP) — Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds, D.J. Augustin scored 22 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Miami Heat 95-88 in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler stripped the ball from LeBron James at the end of regulation.

Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, but with James struggling again, the Heat dropped their third straight to match their longest losing streak of the season.

James scored 17 points on 8-of-23 shooting and couldn't come through after Miami blew a 12-point lead down the stretch. With a chance to win it at the end of regulation, he was stopped by Butler on a layup attempt.

In overtime, it was all Bulls. Chicago outscored Miami 9-2, starting with Augustin's 3 just under a minute in.

Noah also had seven assists and five blocks with his dad — tennis great Yannick Noah — looking on. Butler added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

MAVERICKS 105, PACERS 94

DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece and Dallas extended Indiana's season-worst losing streak to four games.

The Pacers rallied from 17 points down in the first half and almost wiped out another double-digit deficit after halftime, but had the same offensive troubles late that plagued them early in the game.

Paul George had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Pacers, who stayed 1½ games up on Miami for the Eastern Conference lead.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 points on a tough shooting night as the Mavericks swept the two-game season series from the Pacers, who were coming off their most lopsided loss in a 26-point defeat at Houston.

Ellis, who also had eight rebounds, put the game away in the final 2 minutes with a pair of jumpers.

Dallas' reserves outscored Indiana's 41-4.

ROCKETS 118, TRAIL BLAZERS 113, OT

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 41 points, Jeremy Lin had 26 and Houston rallied to beat Portland in overtime for its fifth straight victory.

The Trail Blazers led by three in overtime after two free throws by Wesley Matthews. The Rockets took over from there, using an 8-2 run with a 3-pointer from Harden and four points from Lin to make it 116-113 with 35.4 seconds left. Lin added two free throws after that.

Harden hit a 3 with seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but managed just two points in OT.

Dwight Howard had 17 points with 12 rebounds, and Chandler Parsons scored 16 for Houston.

WARRIORS 113, SUNS 107

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry overcame a strained right quad to finish with 18 points and nine assists, and Golden State held off Phoenix for its fourth straight win.

David Lee had 26 points and nine rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged back.

Gerald Green had 25 points and six rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 24 points and six assists for the Suns, who dropped into a tie with Memphis for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

Golden State is 9-2 since the All-Star break and a season-high 16 games over .500. The Warriors are two games ahead of Dallas for sixth in the West.

NETS 104, KINGS 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter against his old team, and Joe Johnson added 18 points to help Brooklyn overcome an injury to Paul Pierce in a victory over Sacramento.

Alan Anderson had 11 points and Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams each scored 10 as the Nets won for the fifth time in six games.

DeMarcus Cousins had 20 points and 28 rebounds to lead the Kings. Rudy Gay added 20 points.

Brooklyn led by 16 in the first half after losing Pierce to a right shoulder injury early in the first quarter.

Sacramento trailed 49-40 at halftime but opened the third quarter with a 17-8 run to tie the score at 57 with 7:38 left in the period. Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 47-32 the rest of the way.

PELICANS 111, NUGGETS 107, OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis tied his career high with 32 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked six shots, and New Orleans erased a 16-point deficit to capture its third straight victory by downing Denver.

Tyreke Evans had 20 points and Anthony Morrow added 14, including a 15-foot pullup in the lane that tied the game at 94 with 1 second left in regulation.

Davis' free throws gave New Orleans the lead for good at 106-104, and his block of Ty Lawson's driving layup prevented Denver from tying it with 1:14 left in overtime.

Davis became the first player in franchise history — going back to the club's founding as the Charlotte Hornets in 1988 — to have as many points, rebounds and blocks in one game.

Kenneth Faried had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Denver.

RAPTORS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 104

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double, lifting Toronto over Minnesota.

DeMar DeRozan added 25 points and seven rebounds and Steve Novak hit five 3-pointers for the surprising Raptors, who have won nine of their last 11 games to climb to third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Toronto shot 58.3 percent (14 for 24) on 3-pointers.

Kevin Love had 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Nikola Pekovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota has started a crucial four-game homestand with two losses in three games, and the team's hopes of climbing from 10th in the West into the playoff picture are looking bleak.

CELTICS 118, PISTONS 111

BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo had 11 points and a season-high 18 assists, Jeff Green scored 27 points and Boston had its second-highest scoring output of the season to defeat Detroit.

Kris Humphries added a season-high 20 points, including two free throws with 25 seconds left to help Boston seal the win after the Pistons closed to 113-109. Humphries led Boston with 11 rebounds.

Jerryd Bayless scored 15 points, Kelly Olynyk added 18 and Jared Sullinger 14 for the Celtics.

Josh Smith had 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons and was one of three Detroit players with double-doubles. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 22 rebounds and Greg Monroe finished with 22 points and 14 boards. Will Bynum added 18 points off the bench.

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