Ty Lawson scored 25 points, while Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists as the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 on Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA.
The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime, but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead.
Denver moved within 3.5 games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.
It was also a big win in the chase for home-court advantage in the playoffs for Denver, who are level with Miami for the NBA’s best home record at 30-3.
Kevin Durant had 34 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 for Oklahoma City, who lost at home for just the fifth time this season.
PACERS 95, MAGIC 73
In Indianapolis, Indiana, Paul George scored 19 points, while Tyler Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds, leading Indiana to a rout of struggling Orlando.
The Pacers improved to 27-8 at home, despite playing without second-leading scorer David West because of a sprained lower back.
Maurice Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 10 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight on a night they shot just 31.8 percent from the field and coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected in a flurry of four technical fouls with 4 minutes, 47 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Pacers led 62-44 in the third and the Magic could get no closer than 12 the rest of the way.
BUCKS 102, TRAIL BLAZERS 95
In Milwaukee,Wisconsin, Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to help Milwaukee hang on for a victory over Portland.
Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, who outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter — the Trail Blazers’ fewest points in any period this season. The Blazers shot a woeful two-of-20 from the field in the quarter.
Portland then fought back with 64 second-half points to make things interesting.
Wesley Matthews hit seven three-pointers and scored 28 points, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their past 11 road games.
KINGS 116, CLIPPERS 101
In Sacramento, California, Marcus Thornton had 25 points and Toney Douglas scored 17 of his 19 in the fourth quarter as the Sacramento Kings rallied from eight down in the final 11 minutes to stun the Los Angeles Clippers 116-101.
DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans added 17 points apiece for the Kings, who beat the Pacific Division-leading Clippers for the first time in more than two years.
They did it behind a stellar effort off the bench from Thornton and a smothering defense that held Los Angeles to just five buckets in the final quarter.
Blake Griffin had three of them, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Clippers.
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