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Thunder extend lead; Jazz off bottom

By Chris Pike
28 January 2014 10:19PM EST

OKLAHOMA City extended its lead atop the western conference in the NBA on Monday while Utah got off the bottom and Toronto beat Brooklyn in a thriller.

There were six matches in the NBA on Monday night with Phoenix beating Philadelphia 124-113, Toronto downing Brooklyn 104-103, Minnesota beating Chicago 95-86, the Clippers hammering Milwaukee 114-86, Oklahoma City beating Atlanta 111-109 and Utah downing Sacramento 106-99.

Phoenix scored a comfortable and high-scoring 11-point win over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday night with the Suns improving to a 26-18 record on the season to sit in seventh position on the western conference standings.

Gerald Green top-scored for the Suns with 30 points on the back of 10-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point territory.

Point guard Goran Dragic also added 24 points and seven assists for Phoenix while PJ Tucker finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, Miles Plumlee 14 points and 13 boards and Markieff Morris 13 points off the bench.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams led the way for the Sixers with 22 points and 11 assists while Evan Turner scored 21 points, Thaddeus Young 21, Spencer Hawes 18 and Hollis Thompson 10.

Brooklyn couldn’t back up its emotional win on Sunday in Boston with a win back at home to Toronto on Monday with the Raptors managing to pull out a one-point victory to increase their Atlantic division lead over the Nets to two and-a-half games.

Kyle Lowry top-scored for Toronto finishing the night with 31 points and seven assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Patrick Patterson also scored 15points for the Raptors with Grelvis Vasquez adding 12 points and Terrence Ross 10.

Paul Pierce led the way for Brooklyn with a season-high 33 points and six rebounds on the back of 10-of-16 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from three-point range.

Andray Blatche also scored 20 points off the bench for the Nets with Joe Johnson adding 12 points and Deron Williams nine points and 11 assists but a crucial, match-losing turnover at the finish.

Minnesota and Chicago both finished Monday night on identical 22-22 records after the Timberwolves scored a nine-point win on the road over the Bulls in the United Centre.

However, their respective positions highlights the gulf between the western and eastern conference with Minnesota sitting in 11th place out west four games out of eighth spot while Chicago its fifth out west just one game out of third position.

The victory was also the T'Wolves' first over the Bulls since January 25, 2009 with Chicago having won the previous eight matches between the two teams.

All-Star starter Kevin Love led the way for the Timberwolves with 31 points and eight rebounds while Ronny Turiaf scored 14 points, Chase Budinger 12 and Corey Brewer 11.

Carlos Boozer top-scored for Chicago with 20 points to go with 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals while DJ Augustin added 19 points, Jimmy Butler 16, Taj Gibson 10 and Mike Dunleavy 10.

The Clippers had no trouble hammering the horrible Bucks in Milwaukee by 28 points on Monday night to improve to a 32-15 record on the season to finish their current road trip with five wins from seven matches to remain in fourth spot in the western conference.

Jamal Crawford top-scored off the bench for the Clippers with 25 points while hitting 5-of-9 from three-point territory.

Blake Griffin also added 20 points and five rebounds for the Clippers while Darren Collison contributed 15 points, JJ Redick 14 and Willie Green 13.

Centre DeAndre Jordan also finished with eight points and 18 rebounds.

Ersan Ilyasova top-scored for the now 8-36 Bucks with 16 points and eight rebounds while Khris Middleton scored 14 points, John Henson 11, Caron Butler 11 and Miroslav Radulijica 11.

Oklahoma City maintained its spot on top of the western conference, and stretched its lead over San Antonio improving to a 36-10 record after a narrow two-point win at home over Atlanta on Monday night.

Kevin Durant continued his run of 30-plus scoring nights with another huge outing for the Thunder finishing with 41 points and five assists on the back of 15-of-25 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from downtown.

Reggie Jackson also contributed 18 points and five assists for Oklahoma City while Jeremy Lamb finished with 14 points.

Paul Millsap again led the way for the Hawks with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists while Mike Scott finished with 16 points, Shelvin Mack 15, DeMarre Carroll 15, Kyle Korver 14, Lou Williams 10 and Dennis Schroder 10.

Utah is now far from the worst team in the NBA despite starting the season like that's where the Jazz belonged, and now for the first time they have moved out of last place in the western conference sending Sacramento there with a seven-point win at home over the Kings.

Derrick Favors led the way for the Jazz with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Marvin Williams finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Enes Kanter also contributed 16 points for Utah while Jeremy Evans finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Gordon Hayward added 12 points, six rebounds and six assists also for the Jazz with Alec Burks scoring 10 points.

Jason Thompson top-scored for Sacramento with 19 points and 11 rebounds with Derrick Williams adding 17 points and 15 boards.

Ben McLemore also contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for the Kings with Marcus Thornton scoring 11 points, Isaiah Thomas 10 and Travis Outlaw 10.

NBA Results Monday January 27
Phoenix Suns (26-18) 124 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (14-31) 113
Toronto Raptors (23-21) 104 defeated Brooklyn Nets (20-23) 103
Minnesota Timberwolves (22-22) 95 defeated Chicago Bulls (22-22) 86
Los Angeles Clippers (32-15) 114 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (8-36) 86
Atlanta Hawks (23-21) 109 lost to Oklahoma City Thunder (36-10) 111
Sacramento Kings (15-29) 99 lost to Utah Jazz (16-29) 106

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