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Westbrook scores 43, rallies Thunder past Suns

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POSTED March 2, 2018 10:12 p.m.

PHOENIX (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 43 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final 10 points of the game to escape with a 124-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
Westbrook also had 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, who had lost three straight to Phoenix. Paul George scored 20 points.
Devin Booker had 39 points for the Suns and — at 21 years, 123 days — became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points.

76ERS 110, HORNETS 99
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help Philadelphia pull away from Charlotte down the stretch.
The Sixers won their 13th straight game at the Wells Fargo Center and looked strong in the fourth quarter on the second night of a back-to-back. JJ Redick and newly signed Ersan Ilyasova scored clutch buckets in the final minutes to continue the Sixers’ late charge up the East standings.

RAPTORS 102, WIZARDS 95
WASHINGTON (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, reserve CJ Miles added 20 and Toronto beat Washington.
The Raptors have won 10 of their last 11 games, including a season-high four straight on the road.
Miles scored 11 points in the second half and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the game as the Raptors’ bench outscored the Wizards’ reserves 50-15.

PACERS 103, BUCKS 96
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Victor Oladipo had 21 points, and Indiana nearly blew a 17-point lead in the middle of a mistake-laden fourth quarter before holding off Milwaukee.
With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.

NUGGETS 102,
GRIZZLIES 102
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Gary Harris scored 26 points, hitting a key basket with just under a minute left, and Denver weathered a fourth-quarter rally to beat Memphis.
Harris was 11 of 18 from the field to help the Nuggets snap a two-game skid. Will Barton added 24 points, and Paul Millsap added 15 as Denver sent the Grizzlies to their 12th straight loss.

MAGIC 115,
PISTONS 106, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help Orlando stop a seven-game losing streak.
Nikola Vucevic added 22 points and 12 rebounds, and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and nine assists for the Magic. Evan Fournier scored 17, including seven in the extra period.
James Ennis and Reggie Bullock led Detroit with 21 points apiece. Blake Griffin, Dwight Buycks and Anthony Tolliver had 12 each for the slumping Pistons, who have lost seven of nine.

BULLS 108,
MAVERICKS 100
CHICAGO (AP) — Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help Chicago roar back and beat Dallas.
Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.
Kris Dunn finished with 18 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.

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