Saturday night game round-up: Thunder take advantage of short-handed Spurs

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The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their seventh straight victory thanks to a 111-92 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

The Spurs, who rested Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan for the fixture, led after the first quarter but ultimately couldn't keep up with OKC's starters.

Kevin Durant led the way for the Thunder with 31 points and 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook added 29 points. 

For San Antonio, Kevin Martin and Jonathon Simmons ended with 17 points apiece.

Box Score

Cavaliers 107, Knicks 93

The Cleveland Cavaliers led from start to finish at Madison Square Garden as they defeated the New York Knicks 107-93.

LeBron James had just his third triple-double performance of the season, finishing with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Kevin Love added a 28 point, 12 rebound double-double as the Cavs eased past New York despite resting Kyrie Irving.

Carmelo Anthony top-scored for the Knicks with 28 points, despite missing 10 of his first 11 shots.

Box Score

Bulls 89, Magic 111

The Orlando Magic put a serious dent in the Chicago Bulls' playoff hopes with a convincing 111-89 win at the Amway Center.

Despite missing top scorers Victor Oladipo and Nikola Vucevic, the Magic led from tip to buzzer. Dewayne Dedmon's 18 point, 13 rebounds double-double led the way, while four other players scored in double figures.

The defeat keeps Chicago two games behind Indiana and Detroit in the race for the last playoff spot in the East. Taj Gibson's 16 points were a team high for the Bulls.

Box Score

Celtics 102, Suns 99

The Boston Celtics clung on to secure a 102-99 road win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Having led by as much as 21 points, the Celtics required a crucial Evan Turner block with just over three seconds remaining to prevent a Phoenix comeback.

Isaiah Thomas, playing against his former team, top-scored for Boston with 28 points. Rookie guard Devin Booker had a team-high 21 for the Suns.

Box Score

Pacers 110, Nets 120

The Brooklyn Nets produced an impressive comeback late on to beat the Indiana Pacers 120-110.

Having trailed by as much as 14 points, and 10 in the fourth quarter, the Nets rallied to win just their 21st game of the season.

Brook Lopez finished with 23 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 18 for the Nets who went on a 31-11 run in the final 10 minutes.

Paul George top-scored for Indiana who remain tied for eighth in the Eastern Conference.

Box Score

76ers 105, Trail Blazers 108

A C.J. McCollum three-pointer with just 7.6 seconds left on the clock saw the Portland Trail Blazers edge past the Philadelphia 76ers.

McCollum's shot was part of a game-high 25 point night for Portland who avoided a second loss of the season to the league's worst team.

Robert Covington, Hollis Thompson and Ish Smith all finished on 17 points for Philadelphia, with Smith also adding a career-high 14 rebounds.

Box Score

Raptors 115, Pelicans 91 

In beating the New Orleans Pelicans 115-91, the Toronto Raptors equalled a franchise record with their 49th win of the season.

Led by DeMar DeRozan (23 points) and Patrick Patterson (16 points), the Canadian franchise never trailed on a night where they snapped a two-game losing streak. Five other Raptors players reached double digits, including Kyle Lowry who scored 11.

 Alonzo Gee top-scored for the shorthanded Pelicans, finishing with 18 points.

Box Score

Hawks 112, Pistons 95

The Atlanta Hawks ended the Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak courtesy of a 112-95 road victory on Saturday night.

Paul Millsap was the catalyst for Atlanta as he racked up 23 points and nine rebounds before requiring stitches in his left eye late on. The win moves them one game ahead of Miami at the top of the Southwest division.

The Pistons, meanwhile, remain tied for eighth spot in the East and trailed throughout against Atlanta. Tobias Harris had a team-high 21 points.

Box Score

Hornets 115, Bucks 91

The Charlotte Hornets won 115-91 in Milwaukee on Saturday night, handing their opponents a 44th loss of the season.

Charlotte jumped out to a 29-17 lead in the first quarter and the Bucks couldn't catch them. Marvin Williams contributed 21 points for the Hornets, while Nicolas Batum had a game-high 25.

The Frenchman's lockdown defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo also proved crucial - Milwaukee's 'Greek Freak' limited to eight points and two assists.

Box Score

Jazz 93, Timberwolves 84

The Utah Jazz outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves in a low scored content at the Target Center  to win out 93-85.

Derrick Favors top-scored for Utah with 19 points and George Hayward finished one behind with 18 after scoring 16 points in the final quarter. The win moves them level with Houston for seventh spot in the West.

For Minnesota, Ricky Rubio scored 23 points but only two other players managed double figures.

Box Score

Charlotte Hornets
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Toronto Raptors
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Boston Celtics
New Orleans Pelicans
Brooklyn Nets
Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz
Northwest Division
Portland Trail Blazers
Philadelphia Sixers
Chicago Bulls
Atlanta Hawks
Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Detroit Pistons

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