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NBA roundup: Thunder beat Pacers

Kevin Durant overcame a bruised left calf to score 34 points and Russell Westbrook added 24 points, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 97-75 victory over the Pacers Friday night in Indianapolis.

Oklahoma City (56-20) has won three straight to move into a tie with San Antonio for the top seed in the Western Conference.

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The win capped an impressive back-to-back sweep for the Thunder, who beat the Spurs on Thursday night. They arrived at the team hotel in Indy on Friday at about 4 a.m., then went out and prevented the Pacers from clinching their first Central Division title in nine years.

But the Pacers (48-28) can clinch the title with a win Saturday at Washington.

Indiana, which had its five-game win streak ended, was led by Roy Hibbert with 22 points and David West with 17.

Heat 89, Bobcats 79 — Mike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and injury-depleted Miami beat host Charlotte.

The Heat won despite playing without stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen, who were held out while recovering from injuries.

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The 33-year-old Miller was 7 of 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Bulls 87, Magic 86 — Nate Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, Luol Deng finished with 19 after a slow start, and Chicago beat visiting Orlando.

Robinson, who scored the go-ahead basket the previous night in a 2-point win at Brooklyn, came up big down the stretch, offsetting a 27-point performance by Orlando’s Beno Udrih.

Knicks 101, Bucks 83 — Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points, tying a franchise record with this third straight 40-point game, and host New York beat Milwaukee.

Anthony, who had 50 points and 40 in his previous two games, equaled Bernard King’s 1984-85 mark.

76ers 101, Hawks 90 — Evan Turner had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Philadelphia opened with its highest-scoring quarter of the season and won in Atlanta.

Lakers 86, Grizzlies 84 — Kobe Bryant had 24 points and nine assists, Pau Gasol added 19 points, and host Los Angeles stayed in the final playoff position in the Western Conference with a victory over Memphis.

Raptors 95, Timberwolves 93 — Rudy Gay had 26 points and five rebounds to lead Toronto to a rare road victory in the West over Minnesota.

Warriors 111, Suns 107 — Stephen Curry scored 18 points, matched his career high with 15 assists and sunk two late free throws to lead Golden State to a win in Phoenix, extending the Suns’ losing streak to a season-worst eight games.

Mavericks 117, Kings 108 — Shawn Marion had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Dallas snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over host Sacramento.

Rockets 116, Trail Blazers 98— James Harden had 33 points and shorthanded Houston edged closer to clinching a playoff spot with a victory in Portland.

Jazz 95, Hornets 83 — Gordon Hayward scored 23 points after a 1-of-8 start and Utah beat New Orleans in Salt Lake City.

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