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Thunder keep striking to NBA-best record

By Chris Pike
1 February 2014 08:20PM EST

OKLAHOMA City has now won 10 straight games to hold the best record in the NBA after thrashing Brooklyn on Friday with Golden State, Toronto, Dallas, Memphis and Atlanta among other winners.

There were eight matches in the NBA on Friday night with Orlando beating Milwaukee 113-102, Atlanta hammering Philadelphia 125-99, Memphis defeating Minnesota 94-90, Oklahoma City thrashing Brooklyn 120-95 and Dallas downing Sacramento 107-103.

Toronto also beat Denver 100-90 while Charlotte downed the Los Angeles Lakers 110-100 and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 95-90.

The NBA's worst two teams did battle in Orlando on Friday night with the Magic dominating the only team with a poorer record – Milwaukee.

It was the 16th straight time that the Magic have beaten the Bucks in Orlando and the home team dominated the contest leading by as much as 25 points before winning by 11.

Arron Afflalo top-scored for Orlando with 21 points and five rebounds with Tobias Harris also scoring 18 points, Victor Oladipo 15, E'Twaun Moore 13, Nikola Vucevic 12 and Maurice Harkless.

The Bucks have now lost five straight matches to remain the only team in the NBA with fewer than 10 victories with no sign of things improving.

Caron Butler top-scored for Milwaukee off the bench with 20 points with Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring 15 points, Gary Neal 13, Khris Middleton 10, Ersan Ilyasova 10, Larry Sanders 10 and Brandon Knight 10 to go with four assists.

Atlanta thrashed the 76ers in Philadelphia by 26 points on Friday night to improve to a 24-21 record on the season to sit in fourth position in the eastern conference.

It was also the Hawks' third straight win over the Sixers with it being the first time they have achieved that since the 2002/03 NBA season.

Elton Brand led the way off the bench for Atlanta against one of his former teams with 18 points and eight rounds with Mike Scott also scoring 18 points to go with nine boards and four assists off the bench.

DeMarre Carroll also finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Hawks while Paul Millsap scored 12 points, Jeff Teague 12 (eight assists), Lou Williams 12 (five assists) and Kyle Korver 11.

Thaddeus Young top-scored for the now 15-32 Philadelphia with 29 points, eight rebounds and five steals while Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points, Elliott Williams 15 and Lavoy Allen 11 to go with 10 rebounds.

Two teams looking on from the outside in the western conference who would be among the elite in the east did battle on Friday night in Minnesota with Memphis continuing its tremendous form with a four-point win over the Timberwolves.

The Grizzlies have now improved to a 25-20 record on the season to be in ninth position out west having now won six straight matches on the road.

Meanwhile, the loss saw the T'Wolves slip to a 23-23 record in 10th position in the standings.

Power forward Zach Randolph led the way for the Grizzlies with 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists while Courtney Lee scored 16 points, Mike Conley 12 (eight assists) and Tayshaun Prince 11.

All-Star starter Kevin Love did all he could for Minnesota finishing with 28 points and 16 rebounds while Kevin Martin scored 14 points, JJ Barea 12 and Dante Cunningham 12 to go with seven rebounds.

Not only do Oklahoma City continue to stretch its lead atop the western conference with its current 10-game winning streak, but the Thunder now hold the best overall record in the NBA at 38-10 ahead of Indiana's 35-10.

Oklahoma City thumped the Nets in Brooklyn by 25 points on Friday night in the Thunder's 10th straight win.

While the winning run continued, Kevin Durant's run of 12 straight 30-plus scoring nights ended but he was still terrific finishing with 26 points and seven assists to go with 10-of-12 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from three-point range.

Serge Ibaka also added 25 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City while shooting a perfect 12-of-12 from the floor.

Thabo Sefolosha also scored 14 points for the Thunder with Reggie Jackson adding 14 points, Jeremy Lamb 12 and Perry Jones 11.

Shaun Livingston top-scored for the Nets with 16 points while Deron Williams finished with 14 points, Mason Plumlee 13, Jason Terry 11 and Paul Pierce 10.

Dallas recorded its 19th straight victory at home over Sacramento on Friday night dominating the fourth quarter to come from behind and beat the Kings by four points to improve to a 27-21 record on the season in eighth position in the western conference.

Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavericks as he has done for a decade finishing with another 34 points and five rebounds on the back of shooting 11-of-19 from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line.

Monta Ellis also scored 20 points for the Mavs with Jose Calderon adding 14 points and seven assists, and Brandan Wright 10 points.

Rudy Gay did the best he could for the Kings finishing with 35 points, 12 rebounds and six assists with Isaiah Thomas adding 19 points and six assists.

Toronto continued its outstanding run of form beating the Nuggets in Denver for the first time in 11 years to have now won 11 matches in January for the first time in 12 years.

The Raptors have now improved to a 25-21 record on the season to be comfortably sitting in third position in the eastern conference.

Toronto beat Denver on Friday night by 10 points with DeMar DeRozan top-scoring with 19 points while Terrence Ross finished with 18 points, Jonas Valanciunas 13, Kyle Lowry 13 and John Salmons 11.

JJ Hickson top-scored for the Nuggets with 18 points, 13 rebounds and four assists while Evan Fournier also contributed 18 points and six boards.

Kenneth Faried finished with 12 points and eight rebounds also for Denver while Wilson Chandler added 10 points, Randy Foye 10 (16 assists) and Quincy Miller 10.

Charlotte comfortably beat the Lakers at the Staples Centre on Friday night by 10 points with Al Jefferson the star for the Bobcats equalling his career-high of 40 points to go with 18 points and four assists on the back of shooting 18-of-32 from the field.

Gerald Henderson also added 20 points for the Bobcats while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 10 points and eight rebounds.

Pau Gasol led the way for the Lakers with 24 points and nine rebounds with Nick Young scoring 21 points, Jodie Meeks 19, Ryan Kelly 13 and Kendall Marshall 10 to go with 12 assists and six rebounds.

Golden State had to come from behind to end up beating the Jazz in Utah by five points on Friday night in what was an emotional night for the home team who paid tribute to legendary long-time coach Jerry Sloan with the likes of John Stockton and Karl Malone honouring him.

However, the Warriors held firm to score 29 points in the fourth quarter to win by five points and improve to a 29-19 record to be sitting seventh in the western conference while snapping Utah's two-game winning run in the process.

Steph Curry was the star for the Warriors finishing with 44 points and four assists on the back of shooting 14-of-26 from the floor and 8-of-13 from downtown.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut also had a massive night finishing with 16 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, three blocked shots and two steals.

Klay Thompson added 11 points for Golden State but shot just 3-of-20 from the field.

Alec Burks top-scored for the Jazz off the bench with 26 points while Enes Kanter scored 15 points, Diante Garrett 13 and Jeremy Evans 10.

NBA Results Friday January 31
Milwaukee Bucks (8-38) 102 lost to Orlando Magic (13-35) 113
Atlanta Hawks (24-21) 125 defeated Philadelphia 76ers (15-32) 99
Memphis Grizzlies (25-20) 94 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (23-23) 90
Oklahoma City Thunder (38-10) 120 defeated Brooklyn Nets (20-24) 95
Sacramento Kings (15-31) 103 lost to Dallas Mavericks (27-21) 107
Toronto Raptors (25-21) 100 defeated Denver Nuggets (22-23) 90
Charlotte Bobcats (21-27) 110 defeated Los Angeles Lakers (16-31) 100
Golden State Warriors (29-19) 95 defeated Utah Jazz (16-30) 90

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