Looking more like the player the Lakers expected, Dwight Howard scored 16 points and grabbed 21 rebounds Sunday.


PHOENIX - Thabo Sefolosha made a career-high 5 of 7 three-pointers and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Phoenix Suns for the second gamte in a row 97-69 on Sunday night.

Wesley Johnson's tip-in with 7.8 seconds to play prevented the Suns from setting a franchise scoring low, a mark that has stood for nearly 32 years. Phoenix scored 68 at Kansas City on March 8, 1981.

The 28-point blowout followed a 127-96 Thunder romp over the Suns in Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 24 points in 28 minutes in the Thunder's 10th straight victory over Phoenix, the longest active streak for any Suns opponent.

Sefolosha added 20 points, two shy of his career high. Kevin Durant scored 18, 11 below his NBA-leading season average (29.1), in limited duty in the Thunder's fourth straight win, none of them by fewer than a 21-point margin.

Markieff Morris was the only Phoenix player in double figures with 12.

• Celtics 118, Nuggets 114, 3OT: In Boston, Paul Pierce had a triple-double with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, and Boston extended its winning streak to seven games with a triple overtime win over Denver.

The loss ended Denver's winning streak at nine.

Pierce made a three-pointer in the second overtime, sending the game to a third extra period with the score tied at 107.

Kevin Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, while former UA Wildcat Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points for the Celtics, who remain unbeaten since Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury.

• Heat 107, Lakers 97: In Miami, LeBron James scored 32 points on 12-for-18 shooting, Dwyane Wade scored 30 and Miami won its fifth straight.

It was James' fifth straight game with at least 30 points, a team record. He's shot better than 60 percent in all five. Kobe Bryant had 28 points and nine assists for the Lakers, who also got 18 points from Earl Clark. L.A. had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter; Miami had none.

• Clippers 102, Knicks 88: In New York, Chris Paul scored 25 points in his second game back from injury and reserve Jamal Crawford had 27 to lead Los Angeles over New York.

Carmelo Anthony had 42 points - his fifth 40-point game this season - for the Knicks, but made only one basket in the fourth quarter as Grant Hill, 40, came off the bench to defend him.

• Magic 110, Blazers 104: In Orlando, Fla., J.J. Redick scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 19 rebounds, and Orlando snapped a 12-game losing streak by beating Portland. The Magic shot 50 percent from the field.

• Spurs 111, Nets 86: In New York, Tony Parker had 29 points and 11 assists in another brilliant performance without his two sidekicks - injured Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli - and San Antonio dominated the second half to beat Brooklyn.

• Grizzlies 105, Timberwolves 88: In Memphis, Tenn., Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, hitting all eight of his shots from the field, and Memphis pulled away in the second quarter to beat Minnesota.

• Raptors 102, Hornets 89: In Toronto, John Lucas scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to match his season high and Rudy Gay had 20 points to lead Toronto over New Orleans.

• Kings 117, Rockets 111: In Sacramento, Calif., Isaiah Thomas scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and John Salmons also had 23 points to help rally the Kings past Houston.