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NBA: Thunder win to spoil Harden’s return

MISFIRING ROCKETS:Jeremy Lin made six points, eight assists, three rebounds and four steals for Houston, but in vain, as Oklahoma won comfortably

Agencies, with Staff writer

Nine teams started the season 0-13, and the Wizards were tired of the ridicule they’d been subjected to — locally and nationally — as they crept toward the Nets’ NBA record-worst start of 0-18.

BULLS 101, MAVERICKS 78

In Chicago Luol Deng had 22 points and six rebounds to lead Chicago over Dallas.

Five players scored at least 11 points to help the Bulls (7-7) beat the Mavericks for the fourth straight time.

Nate Robinson added 14 points and six assists for Chicago, and fellow reserve Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 13, including nine-of-10 shooting from the free -throw line.

Joakim Noah chipped in 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three blocks as Chicago avoided their first three-game losing streak at the United Center since dropping five straight in March 2010.

Shawn Marion scored 18 points for Dallas, who shot just 35 percent to lose for the eighth time in 11 games. The Mavericks (7-9), who had won 21 of 27 against Chicago, dropped to 2-6 on the road.

GRIZZLIES 103, RAPTORS 82

In Memphis, Tennessee, Marreese Speights had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help Memphis beat Toronto for their third straight win.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph finished with 17 points apiece, while Randolph added 13 rebounds and six assists. Mike Conley had 16 points, going four of five on three-pointers, and Rudy Gay added 14 as the Grizzlies maintained the best record in the NBA (11-2).

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 16 points, while Kyle Lowry and Jose Calderon scored 12 apiece. Linas Kleiza added 11 points, but was five of 15 from the field, as Toronto lost their sixth straight.

The Raptors played without Andrea Bargnani, their second-leading scorer, who sat out after hurting his left ankle in Tuesday night’s loss at Houston.

KNICKS 102, BUCKS 88

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points to lead New York past Milwaukee.

Anthony, who sat out the fourth quarter, was 9 of 18 from the floor and also grabbed eight rebounds in 30 minutes. The second-leading scorer in the NBA has scored at least 29 points in his last four games, including 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 96-89 overtime loss at Brooklyn on Monday.

New York’s Steve Novak added 19 points and Tyson Chandler chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game road losing streak.

Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih each scored 18 points. The Bucks have lost four of their last five.

PISTONS 117, SUNS 77

In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and Detroit routed Phoenix to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Detroit are 5-3 since opening 0-8. The Pistons led 55-44 at halftime and then broke the game open when the Suns came unglued in the third quarter. Phoenix picked up four technical fouls in the third and trailed by as many as 44 in the fourth.

Rodney Stuckey added 18 points for Detroit. Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 each, while Greg Monroe had nine points and eight rebounds.

Luis Scola scored 11 points for the Suns.

The Pistons avenged a 92-89 loss at Phoenix in early November.

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