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Serge Ibaka scores 21, Thunder beat Celtics 101-83


NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season and Serge Ibaka scored 21 points to lead the Thunder to a 101-83 victory over the Celtics.

It was the Western Conference-leading Thunder’s sixth straight victory.

Jeremy Lamb came off the bench to score 19 points, and former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had nine rebounds for Oklahoma City. Jeff Green scored 16 points and Gerald Wallace scored 12 of his 13 points in the first-half, before the Thunder pulled away with a 17-2 run in the third-quarter.


In OAKLAND, California, Kevin Martin hit a step-back jumper with 8.4 seconds left, lifting the Timberwolves over the Warriors for their third straight victory.

Martin finished with 26 points, despite playing with a cut on his right pinkie. Kevin Love added 26 points and 14 rebounds in a back-and-forth game that featured just about everything — except defense.

Harrison Barnes missed an open jumper before the final buzzer sounded, leaving Golden State with their second consecutive loss.

Stephen Curry had 33 points and 15 assists, and David Lee finished with 23 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who outshot Minnesota 55 percent to 50 percent, but were outrebounded 44-41.


In Sacramento, California, Paul George scored eight of his 36 points in overtime and the Pacers defeated the Kings.

The Pacers overcame a 17-point deficit and rallied in the fourth-quarter to tie the game. Indiana outscored the Kings 13-8 in overtime to avoid a rare two-game losing streak.

Marcus Thornton scored 42 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the Kings. Isaiah Thomas scored 38, tying a career high. The undermanned Kings played without injured leading scorers DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

Lance Stephenson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for Indiana. David West had 22 points and both Roy Hibbert and George Hill scored 10.


In Atlanta, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in another dominant performance against Atlanta and the Spurs coasted to a win over the short-handed Hawks.

Duncan, who blocked four shots, and point guard Tony Parker did not return after leaving the game with the Spurs leading 77-50 late in the third-quarter. The Spurs used backup players in the fourth.

Boris Diaw led the Spurs with 21 points. Patty Mills, who made six of eight 3-pointers, had 18 points.

The Hawks, already short-handed without Pero Antic and DeMarre Carroll, lost point guard Jeff Teague to a left-ankle sprain in the second period. Teague did not return.

Paul Millsap’s 15 points led the Hawks, who set a season scoring low.

In other play, it was:

‧ Raptors 104, 76ers 95

‧ Magic 114, Lakers 105

‧ Pelicans 103, Pistons 101

‧ Nets 107, Mavericks 106

‧ Grizzlies 88, Rockets 87

‧ Clippers 112, Bulls 95

‧ Cavaliers 93, Bucks 78

‧ Wizards 101, Suns 95

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