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NBA: Durant leads Thunder over Clippers

CLASH OF TITANS:The game matched up the two teams with the best records in the NBA, and the loss means that the injury-plagued Clippers fall to third place in the league

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The Pistons also finished with a 16-6 edge in offensive rebounds against the Magic, who had their size issues magnified when Glen Davis was benched for much of the second half after taking 15 first-half shots and grabbing just three rebounds. He attempted just one shot the rest of the way and finished with 11 points.

J.J. Redick was Orlando’s biggest threat, scoring 26 points on nine-for-10 shooting — including five-for-six on three-pointers. Jameer Nelson added 14 points and nine rebounds.

BUCKS 110, 76ERS 102

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ersan Ilyasova had 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Brandon Jennings scored 25 points as Milwaukee won for the sixth time in eight games since Jim Boylan replaced Scott Skiles as coach.

Monta Ellis added 18 points and 10 assists for the Bucks, who lost the last four before Skiles parted ways with the team.

Evan Turner scored 23 points to lead the 76ers, Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Nick Young scored 20 points. Philadelphia lost their fifth straight on the road and 15th in their past 21 overall.

The Sixers cut the Bucks’ lead to 90-86, when Thaddeus Young stole the ball and scored on a breakaway layup with 6:47 remaining. Ilyasova made a free throw to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 99-92 with 3:56 left. He then hit a jumper with about 2:30 to go, stretching the advantage to nine points.

After Hawes’ baseline jumper trimmed the lead to 101-94, Milwaukee made four of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

CAVALIERS 95, CELTICS 90

In Cleveland, Ohio, Kyrie Irving scored 15 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, including several key late baskets, to help Cleveland get back-to-back home wins for the first time this season.

Irving scored 11 points in the final 2:33 on four layups and three free throws as the Cavaliers sent Boston to their season-high fourth straight loss.

Irving shot 16 for 24 — setting a career high for field goals made — and fell one point short of his career-best scoring total, set in New York on Dec. 15.

Tristan Thompson added 21 points for the Cavaliers.

Rajon Rondo led Boston with 17 points, while Kevin Garnett scored 16. Paul Pierce, who scored 40 points in a 103-91 win over the Cavaliers in Boston on Dec. 19, finished with 12 points on three-for-15 shooting.

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