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NBA: Martin’s 32 points secure Rockets win

BACK IN BUSINESS:One night after going scoreless for the first time in six years, Houston’s Kevin Martin made good and tied a season-high score to secure the victory

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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, center, goes to the basket between Toronto Raptors defenders Amir Johnson, left, and Jose Calderon in the first half of their NBA game in Toronto, Canada, on Wednesday.

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Houston’s Kevin Martin tied a season high with 32 points, including the winning free throws with 23.6 seconds left, giving the Rockets a 96-95 win over the NBA Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant missed three shots in the last 16 seconds and Houston finally grabbed the rebound on the last miss to secure the win. Goran Dragic missed a pair of free throws for Houston after that, but the Thunder did not have time to get down the court for another shot.

Martin’s performance came a night after he went scoreless for the first time in six years. He did not score in the fourth quarter until his free throws for the win.

Durant’s 33 points led the Thunder, whose lead in the West was sliced to one-and-a-half games ahead of San Antonio.

MAGIC 103, 76ERS 87

In Orlando, Florida, Ryan Anderson had seven three-pointers and 27 points to lead sharp-shooting Orlando to victory over Philadelphia.

Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, who won their third straight to move within half a game of the Sixers in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Magic made 15 of 25 attempts from three-point range and had all five starters reach double figures for the second consecutive game.

Louis Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points and seven assists.

SPURS 113, RAPTORS 106

In Toronto, Canada, Tony Parker had 34 points and 14 assists as San Antonio extended their season-best winning streak to nine games with a victory over Toronto.

Parker went 12 for 12 from the foul line for the Spurs, who have also won six successive road games.

Danny Green scored 13 points and matched his career high with seven rebounds for San Antonio.

DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points for the Raptors, who have lost three straight.

CAVALIERS 98, PACERS 87

In Cleveland, Ohio, rookie Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing three games because of a concussion, leading Cleveland past Indiana.

The 19-year-old was only cleared to play in the morning by Cavaliers doctors.

Semih Erden, starting because center Anderson Varejao was sidelined by a broken wrist, had a career-high 18 points.

Darren Collison scored 18 points for the Pacers, who have lost five straight.

PISTONS 98, CELTICS 88

In Boston, Ben Gordon hit three three-pointers in the opening stages of the fourth quarter during a game-breaking spree that sent Detroit past Boston.

Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Gordon finished with 22 points for the Pistons.

Rajon Rondo had a season-high 35 points for Boston one game after he recorded a triple-double.

Kevin Garnett was a late withdrawal with a hip flexor complaint.

GRIZZLIES 105, NETS 100

In Newark, New Jersey, Rudy Gay scored 25 points as Memphis handed error-prone New Jersey their season-worst seventh straight loss.

Tony Allen matched his season high with 21 points for the Grizzlies.

Deron Williams scored 20 of his 26 points in the first half for the Nets.

HORNETS 92, BUCKS 89

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Marco Belinelli made a career-high six three-pointers and scored a season-best 22 points to lead undermanned New Orleans past Milwaukee.

Chris Kaman added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who won successive games for the first time since the opening two of the season.

Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks with a season-high 23 points.

TIMBERWOLVES 102, BOBCATS 90

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