NBA Wrap: Nuggets deny Thunder, win 13th straight

NBA Wrap: Nuggets deny Thunder, win 13th straight
March 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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The Sixers will look to snap their 13-game winless road streak on Wednesday as they travel to the Staples Center to take on the high-flying Clippers (see story).

With the Sixers off on Tuesday, here's a look at the notable games from around the league:

Denver nabs 13th straight win
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.

It's also a big win in the chase for home-court advantage in the playoffs for Denver, which is tied with Miami for the NBA's best home record at 30-3.

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. (See full recap.)

Pacers beat struggling Magic
The Indiana Pacers easily routed the Orlando Magic, 95-73, on Tuesday.

Paul George led the way for the Pacers with a game-high 19 points, while Tyler Hansbrough added 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Pacers were without second-leading scorer David West, who was out because of a sprained lower back.

The Magic lost their fourth straight game while shooting only 31.8 percent from the floor. Coach Jacque Vaughn was ejected in the third quarter after a flurry of four technical fouls. (See full recap.)

Bucks survive late rally
MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 21 to help the Milwaukee Bucks hang on for a 102-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Ellis added nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and matched a career high with three blocks for Milwaukee, which outscored Portland 31-8 in the second quarter - the Trail Blazers' fewest points in any period this season. The Blazers shot a woeful 2 for 20 from the field and had six turnovers in the quarter.

The Bucks took a 58-31 lead into halftime before Portland fought back with 64 second-half points to make things interesting.

Wesley Matthews hit seven 3-pointers and scored 28 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 11 road games. (See full recap.)

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