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Nuggets charge back to beat Thunder in key game

AP , OKLAHOMA CITY

The Raptors’ Sonny Weems, right, drives around the Celtics’ Ray Allen during the first half of their NBA game in Toronto on Wednesday.

PHOTO: REUTERS

The Denver Nuggets charged back from a 13-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 on Wednesday, picking up a crucial road win in their NBA playoff chase.

Chauncey Billups scored 31 points and Carmelo Anthony added 24 as Denver held Oklahoma City without a basket for the final 9 minutes while finishing the game on a 22-5 run.

Thunder’s Kevin Durant scored 33 points, but missed a shot that would’ve tied the score in the final 10 seconds. Anthony followed that with two free throws to clinch it with 6.8 seconds left.

SUNS 112, SPURS 101

In Phoenix, the hosts stayed tied for second in the Western Conference by dominating San Antonio.

Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and Jason Richardson added 20 in Phoenix’s 11th victory in 12 games.

Roger Mason led six Spurs in double figures with 18 points. San Antonio lost its first game in five to fall into a three-way tie for the West’s final three playoff spots.

ROCKETS 113, JAZZ 96

In Houston, Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin scored 28 points apiece as Houston defeated Utah.

Brooks hit five 3-pointers and has 197 this season.

CELTICS 115, RAPTORS 104

In Toronto, Boston capitalized on another injury to a Toronto player.

Following Chris Bosh’s facial fracture the previous day, the Raptors lost Hedo Turkoglu in the first quarter on Wednesday in a clash of heads that left the Turk with a cut nose.

Rajon Rondo scored 21 points and Paul Pierce had 20 for the Celtics.

In other games it was:

• Warriors 116, Timberwolves 107

• Mavericks 110, Grizzlies 84

• Magic 121, Wizards 94

• Bobcats 104, Hornets 103

• Trail Blazers 93, Clippers 85

• Pistons 90, Hawks 88

• Heat 99, 76ers 95

• Pacers 113, Knicks 105

• Bucks 108, Nets 89

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