NBA: Denver streak hits 13 in row, longest since days in ABA

2013-03-20T00:00:00Z 2013-03-20T00:12:01Z NBA: Denver streak hits 13 in row, longest since days in ABAThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Ty Lawson scored 25 points, Andre Miller had 20 points and nine assists and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-104 Tuesday night to win a 13th straight game for the first time since joining the NBA.

The Nuggets trailed by one at halftime but took control in the third quarter and never let Oklahoma City reclaim the lead. Denver moved within 3 1/2 games of the Thunder in the Northwest Division and became the first team this season to beat Oklahoma City three times.

Kevin Durant had 34 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 25 for Oklahoma City, which lost at home for just the fifth time this season.

Denver's previous longest winning streak in the NBA was 12 straight games in 1982. The franchise won 15 in a row in the ABA.

• Kings 116, Clippers 101: In Sacramento, Calif., Marcus Thornton had 25 points, Toney Douglas scored 17 of his 19 in the fourth quarter and the Kings rallied from eight down in the final 11 minutes.

DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans added 17 points apiece for the Kings, who beat the Pacific Division-leading Clippers for the first time in more than two years.

Blake Griffin finished with 26 points, four rebounds and five assists for the Clippers. Los Angeles has lost four of its last seven.

• Pacers 95, Magic 73: In Indianapolis, Paul George scored 19 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds in Indiana's a rout of struggling Orlando.

The Pacers improved to 27-8 at home despite playing without second-leading scorer David West, out with a sprained lower back.

Maurice Harkless and Arron Afflalo each had 10 points for the Magic, who lost their fourth straight on a night they shot just 31.8 percent from the field and coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected in a flurry of four technical fouls with 4:47 left in the third quarter.

• Bucks 102, Trail Blazers 95: In Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to help the Bucks hang on.

Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, which outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter.

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