Nuggets humble Clippers

Published: Saturday | March 9, 2013 Comments 0
New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) defends Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday in New York. The Thunder won 95-94. -AP
New York Knicks' Raymond Felton (2) defends Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday in New York. The Thunder won 95-94. -AP

DENVER (AP):The Denver Nuggets routed the surging Los Angeles Clippers 107-92, riding 21 points from Ty Lawson and 20 from Danilo Gallinari to their 12th straight home win in the NBA on Thursday.

Seven Nuggets scored in double figures as Denver won their seventh straight overall and improved to 27-3 at home, tied with the Miami Heat for best in the league. Lawson also had 11 assists.

Despite 19 points from Matt Barnes and 17 from Blake Griffin, the Clippers' five-game road winning streak came to an end.

More important, they lost the season series to the Nuggets 2-1, a tiebreaker that could come into play if Denver can catch them for the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Right now, the Nuggets are in fifth, behind Memphis.

Chris Paul had 16 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles.

A bucket by Griffin, who was coming off his third career triple-double, gave the Clippers a 60-59 lead before the Nuggets scored 20 of the next 24 points to grab control.

At Madison Square Garden, Kevin Durant scored 34 points for Oklahoma City, including the go-ahead free throws with 1:38 left to help beat the New York Knicks 95-94.

Russell Westbrook struggled over the final three quarters but finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Thunder's first trip to New York since 2010. Durant also had eight boards and six assists.

Oklahoma City posted their third straight win, fighting off a spirited effort by a Knicks team missing Carmelo Anthony. The All-Star forward missed his second straight game with what the Knicks said is a stiff and sore right knee.

J.R. Smith scored a season-high 36 points for New York, but missed a turnaround jumper that would have won it as time ran out.

"We've been hurt on those game-winners a couple of times this year and we didn't want that to happen again," Durant said. "So we just had to lock in and get a stop."

Neither team led by more than two points over the final 10 minutes. Durant scored 12 in the final period.

Thursday's results: Oklahoma City 95 New York 94; Denver 107 LA Clippers 92.



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