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Thunder beat Spurs to go to the top

By Chris Pike
23 January 2014 09:31PM EST

OKLAHOMA City beat the Spurs in San Antonio on Wednesday night to move to the top of the NBA's western conference while the Knicks continued to struggle at home in New York.

There were 10 matches in the NBA on Wednesday night with Charlotte beating the Clippers 95-91, Chicago downing Cleveland 98-87, Atlanta beating Orlando 112-109, Phoenix thrashing Indiana 124-100 and Oklahoma City scoring a crucial win over San Antonio 111-105.

Milwaukee also beat Detroit 104-101, Houston hammered Sacramento 119-98, Philadelphia beat New York 110-106, Boston downed Washington 113-111 and Toronto stormed back to beat Dallas 93-85.

The Los Angeles Clippers suffered a surprise loss to the Bobcats in Charlotte on Wednesday night with the Clippers once again unable to find a way to fight back from a three quarter-time deficit.

The Clippers have won just once now this season in 13 matches when trailing heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats ended up winning by four points to improve to a 19-25 record on the season in eighth position in the eastern conference standings.

Al Jefferson led the way for Charlotte with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Josh McRoberts added 13 points, eight boards and five assists.

Gerald Henderson also contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bobcats with Jannero Pargo scoring 11 points, Anthony Tolliver 10 and Ramon Sessions 10 to go with eight assists.

Blake Griffin top-scored for the Clippers with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Jamal Crawford added 20 points and four assists off the bench as well for the Clippers with JJ Redick scoring 15 points and Darren Collison 12.

Centre DeAndre Jordan scored just four points but did pull in 20 rebounds.

Chicago won its first game up against Cleveland and Luol Deng comfortably winning on the road by 11 points despite being without Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich.

DJ Augustin once again top-scored for the Bulls with 27 points to go with his seven assists and five rebounds.

Taj Gibson added 26 points while Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points and Jimmy Butler 10.

Deng struggled in his first game against his former long-time team with just 11 points and five rebounds while shooting 2-of-11 from the field for the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving top-scored for the Cavs with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists with Dion Waiters scoring 15 points and Anderson Varejao 10 points to go with 11 rebounds and five assists.

Atlanta scored a tight, high-scoring three-point win in Orlando over the Magic on Wednesday night with the Hawks improving to a 22-19 record on the season to sit in third position in the eastern conference standings.

Paul Millsap led the way for Atlanta finishing the night with 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots.

Point guard Jeff Teague added 23 points and five rebounds for the Hawks while DeMarre Carroll finished with 17 points and eight rebounds with Kyle Korver scoring 12 points, Shelvin Mack 10, Mike Scott 10 and Pero Antic 10 to go with 12 rebounds.

Victor Oladipo top-scored for the Magic with 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Tobias Harris added 19 points and 12 boards.

Jameer Nelson also had 17 points and seven assists with Doron Lamb scoring 13 points and Maurice Harkless 12.

Phoenix scored an impressive thumping 24-point win at home over the NBA's best Indiana on Wednesday night with the Suns improving to a 24-17 record on the season in seventh position in the western conference standings.

Gerald Green top-scored for Phoenix with 23 points and six rebounds with Markieff Morris scoring 20 points on the bench.

Point guard Goran Dragic also contributed 21 points and three assists for Phoenix with PJ Tucker scoring 13 points, Miles Plumlee 11 and Channing Frye 10.

Paul George led the way for the beaten Pacers with 26 points and seven rebounds with George Hill adding 16 points and David West 13.

Oklahoma City now has the best record in the western conference at 33-10 jumping ahead of San Antonio following a six-point win on Wednesday night on the road to the Spurs.

Kevin Durant was again the man for the Thunder as he continued his run of 30-plus performance with another 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists on the back of 12-of-22 from the field, and 2-of-4 from three-point range. He did have 11 turnovers though.

Reggie Jackson added 27 points and eight assists for Oklahoma City while Serge Ibaka finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

Spurs point guard Tony Parker did all he could for his team with 37 points and four assists on the back of shooting 14-of-22 from the field.

Tim Duncan added 14 points and 13 rebounds for San Antonio while Boris Diaw scored 14 points, Marco Belinelli 13 and Manu Ginobili 10.

Toronto fought back from a 21-point deficit at home to Dallas on Wednesday night in the Raptors' fifth biggest margin they have ever come back from to win.

DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with 40 points on the back of shooting 15-of-22 from the field.

Greivis Vasquez added 17 points for Toronto and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points and collected 10 rebounds.

Monta Ellis scored 21 points for Dallas with Jose Calderon adding 13 points and Brandan Wright 13.

Boston recorded a two-point victory in Washington over the Wizards with Jeff Green outstanding for the Celtics with 39 points and nine rebounds on the back of shooting 14-of-26 from the field, and 8-of-16 from three-point territory.

Phil Pressey also had 20 points while Jared Sullinger added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Celtics.

Wizards point guard John Wall had 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists with Nene scoring 17 points, Trevor Ariza 14, Bradley Beal 14 and Marcin Gortat 11 to go with 13 rebounds.

New York continued its dismal form inside Madison Square Garden this season losing to the poor Philadelphia 76ers by four points on Wednesday night.

The Knicks have now lost three straight games at home and 7-15 overall this season while losing five in-a-row at present after the loss to the Sixers.

Evan Turner top-scored for the 76ers with 34 points and 11 rebounds with rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams adding 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

Thaddeus Young also added 19 points and seven rebounds with James Anderson scoring 18 points.

Carmelo Anthony top-scored for New York with 28 points and seven assists with Andrea Bargnani scoring 20 points, Iman Shumpert 19, JR Smith 14 and Tyson Chandler 10 to go with 14 rebounds three blocked shots.

Houston cruised to a 21-point thumping at home to Sacramento to improve to a 29-15 record on the season to be in fifth position in the western conference standing.

All-Star centre Dwight Howard led the way for the Rockets with 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

James Harden also added 24 points and nine assists for the Rockets with Omri Casspi contributing 20 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Chandler Parson also had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Houston while Jeremy Lin scored 13 points and dished out four assists.

Derrick Williams top-scored for the Kings off the bench with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points, Jimmer Fredette 14, Jason Thompson 12 and Ben McLemore 11.

Detroit's poor form continued with a three-point loss to the NBA's worst team Milwaukee on the road on Wednesday with the Bucks winning by three points thanks to a dominant fourth quarter.

The win, just Milwaukee's eighth of the season, ended a nine-game losing streak for the Bucks and was largely on the back of 30 points off the bench from Caron Butler to go with his seven rebounds and five assists.

Brandon Knight added 16 points and nine assists for Milwaukee while Ersan Ilyasova scored 12 points, John Henson 12 and Khris Middleton 10.

Point guard Brandon Jennings top-scored for the Pistons with 30 points while Rodney Stuckey scored 23 points, Greg Monroe 18 and Andre Drummond 11 to go with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

NBA Results Wednesday January 22
Los Angeles Clippers (29-15) 91 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (19-25) 95
Chicago Bulls (21-20) 98 defeated Cleveland Cavaliers (15-27) 87
Atlanta Hawks (22-19) 112 defeated Orlando Magic (11-32) 109
Indiana Pacers (33-8) 100 lost to Phoenix Suns (24-17) 124
Oklahoma City Thunder (33-10) 111 defeated San Antonio Spurs (32-10) 105
Detroit Pistons (17-25) 101 lost to Milwaukee Bucks (8-33) 104
Sacramento Kings (15-26) 98 lost to Houston Rockets (29-15) 119
Philadelphia 76ers (14-28) 110 defeated New York Knicks (15-27) 106
Boston Celtics (15-29) 113 defeated Washington Wizards (20-21) 111
Dallas Mavericks (25-19) 85 lost to Toronto Raptors (21-20) 93

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