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NBA: Orlando hand Kings coach first loss

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Reuters and AP, LOS ANGELES

Tobias Harris scored 15 for the Bucks at the end of an 0-5 road trip.

TIMBERWOLVES 93, WIZARDS 72

In Washington, Kevin Love had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Minnesota past winless Washington.

Ricky Rubio had 13 points and a career-high 14 assists, controlling the game during much of his 30 minutes off the bench. He entered with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter and quickly hit a 22-foot jumper to start a 17-2 run that gave Minnesota the lead for good.

Nick Young and Trevor Booker scored 14 points apiece to lead the Wizards, who dropped to 0-8 to extend their franchise-worst start to a season. Washington has already lost four games by 18 or more points.

THUNDER 108, SPURS 96

In Oklahoma City, the Thunder became the first NBA team to win three games on consecutive nights this season by beating the San Antonio Spurs.

Kevin Durant had 21 points and 10 rebounds. He needed only three more assists to record his first career triple-double, but -instead sat out the entire fourth quarter with the rest of Oklahoma City’s starters. The Thunder were able to coast to the finish after outscoring the Spurs 37-21 in the third.

Reserve James Harden scored 20 for the Thunder.

Gary Neal scored 18 to lead the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker from midway through the third quarter. A team spokesman said Parker was fine and could have played.

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