NBA Wrap: Thunder, Nuggets top California foes

NBA Wrap: Thunder, Nuggets top California foes
March 6, 2013, 1:15 am
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The Sixers ended their season series with the Celtics in a 109-101 loss on Tuesday (see Instant Replay).

In the loss, Arnett Moultrie managed to shine, scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds in 19 minutes of play (see story).

Yet, columnist John Gonzalez wonders if the Sixers have simply accepted their fate (see story).

Here's a recap of the only other games in the NBA on Tuesday night:

Thunder hold off Lakers
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had 37 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Durant scored 26 and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a second-half charge to beat the improving Los Angeles Lakers 122-105 on Tuesday night.

The Thunder led from start to finish, but had their 18-point lead whittled down to five midway through the fourth quarter. Serge Ibaka, who dodged a suspension after delivering a low blow against Blake Griffin in Oklahoma City's previous game, hit a 3-pointer and Westbrook had a two-handed slam as the Thunder scored the last 12 points.

Los Angeles didn't score for the last 6:14.

Kobe Bryant ended up with 30 points after leaving the game with a right elbow injury in the first quarter. Steve Nash matched his season best with 20 points as the Lakers fell back below .500 after reaching the mark for the first time since December.

Oklahoma City tied an NBA record with two turnovers. Milwaukee set the record in a game against Indiana on April 1, 2006, and Cleveland tied it in an overtime game against Portland on March 19, 2009. (See full recap.)

Nuggets top Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ty Lawson had 24 points and Danilo Gallinari added 23 for the Denver Nuggets as they won their sixth straight game, defeating the Sacramento Kings 120-113 on Tuesday night.

The deep and talented Nuggets used a 36-point third quarter to build a lead against the Kings that they never relinquished in winning their season-best third straight road game. They scored 70 second-half points when they shot nearly 64 percent.

The streaking Nuggets have won seven of eight games, including 11 in a row at home, where they own a 26-3 record, which ties Miami for the best mark in the NBA.

Kenneth Faried had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Andre Miller scored 16 and Kosta Koufos had 15 points and eight rebounds for Denver.

Marcus Thornton continued his torrid scoring of late, making five 3-pointers and getting 32 points for the Kings, who have lost eight of their last 10 games. They own the worst record in the Western Conference. (See full recap.)

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