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Thunder just beat Blazers to build lead

By Chris Pike
12 February 2014 09:17PM EST

OKLAHOMA City stretched its lead atop the NBA's western conference with a one-point win in Portland on Tuesday with Chicago, Miami, Utah and Memphis among the other winners.

There were seven matches in the NBA on Tuesday night with Charlotte hammering Dallas 114-89, Cleveland beating Sacramento 109-99, Chicago defeating Atlanta 100-85, Memphis downing Washington 92-89, Miami beating Phoenix 103-97, Oklahoma City defeating Portland 96-95 and Utah easily beating the LA Lakers 96-79.

Charlotte beat Dallas for just the second time in the 10-year history of the franchise but the Bobcats did it in emphatic style on Tuesday night winning at home by 25 points over the Mavericks.

Al Jefferson led the way for Charlotte with 30 points and eight rebounds with Anthony Tolliver contributing 22 points off the bench.

Gerald Henderson also added 15 points for the Bobcats with Bismarck Biyombo adding 10 points.

Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis both scored 16 points apiece for the Mavs.

Two struggling teams then did battle in Cleveland with the Cavaliers ending up victorious over the western conference's bottom team Sacramento by 10 points on Tuesday night.

Luol Deng top-scored for the Cavs finishing with 22 points and four assists while Dion Waiters added 20 points and eight assists off the bench.

No. 1 draft pick from last year Anthony Bennett also had a career-best 19 points and 10 assists for Cleveland with Tristan Thompson adding 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving 13 points and six assists.

DeMarcus Cousins led the way for the Kings with 21 points and 10 rebounds with Isaiah Thomas adding 16 points, Rudy Gay 14, Marcus Thornton 11 and Derrick Williams 10.

Chicago dominated all aspects of Tuesday's home clash against Atlanta including on the scoreboard coming away with a 15-point victory.

The Bulls led by as many as 25 points during the game and raked in 57 rebounds to 28, dished out 30 assists to 21 and improved to a 26-25 record to be in fourth position in the eastern conference just ahead of the 25-25 Hawks.

Centre Joakim Noah was the star of the night for Chicago record his fourth triple-double and first in almost a full 12 months with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

Taj Gibson top-scored for the Bulls, though, with 24 points, 12 rebounds and five assists with Mike Dunleavy scoring 15 points, DJ Augustin 13, Jimmy Butler 12 and Kirk Hinrich 10.

Paul Millsap finished with 15 points for Atlanta with Lou Williams adding 13 points, Jeff Teague 12 and DeMarre Carroll 11.

Washington lost once again when trying to improve to a winning record on the season this time Memphis coming away with a three-point win at home.

The win improves the Grizzlies to a 28-23 record to remain in ninth spot in the western conference while the Wizards slip to 25-26 to be sixth in the east.

Point guard Nick Calathes finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists standing in the for the injured Mike Conley with centre Marc Gasol also adding 18 points and seven rebounds.

James Johnson also scored 13 points for the Grizzlies with Zach Randolph adding 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Courtney Lee 13 points.

Bradley Beal did all he could for Washington finishing with 37 points while Nene scored 17 points and Marcin Gortat 10.

Miami continued its recent dominance over Phoenix recording its eighth straight win over the Suns and the sixth straight in Phoenix with a six-point victory on Tuesday night.

LeBron James led the way on the night for the Heat finishing with 37 points and nine rebounds on the back of shooting 12-of-22 from the field.

Chris Bosh also finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for Miami with Mario Chalmers scoring 13 points and Norris Cole 10.

Gerald Green top-scored for Phoenix with 26 points with Goran Dragic adding 15 points, Channing Frye 15, PJ Tucker 14 and Markieff Morris 12.

Oklahoma City did well defensively against Portland's top-scorers on Tuesday night but it still took some Kevin Durant heroics for the Thunder to come away with a one-point victory on the road.

The win, though, stretches Oklahoma City's lead atop the western conference ahead of the third-placed Trail Blazers with the Thunder now sitting on a 42-12 record, and Blazers on 36-16.

Durant finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City while Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Reggie Jackson 17 to go with six rebounds and five assists.

Defensively the Thunder held LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews just to a combined 39 points on 12-of-47 shooting from the field.

Nicolas Batum top-scored for the Blazers with 18 points while Robin Lopez added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and CJ McCollum 15 points off the bench.

The Lakers once again disappointed inside the Staples Centre losing a sixth straight home game on Tuesday night with Utah recording a 17-point win.

With the win, the Jazz improved to an 18-33 record to now drop the Lakers to second last in the western conference at 18-34.

Alec Burks top-scored for the Utah off the bench with 24 points with Gordon Hayward adding 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Jeremy Evans also scored 14 points for the Jazz and Derrick Favors 11 to go with 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Centre Chris Kaman top-scored for the Lakers with 25 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks with Wesley Johnson scoring 15 points and Shawne Williams 11.

NBA Results Tuesday February 11
Dallas Mavericks (31-22) 89 lost to Charlotte Bobcats (23-29) 114
Sacramento Kings (17-35) 99 lost to Cleveland Cavaliers (19-33) 109
Atlanta Hawks (25-25) 85 lost to Chicago Bulls (26-25) 100
Washington Wizards (25-26) 89 lost to Memphis Grizzlies (28-23) 92
Miami Heat (36-14) 103 defeated Phoenix Suns (30-21) 97
Oklahoma City Thunder (42-12) 96 defeated Portland Trail Blazers (36-16) 95
Utah Jazz (18-33) 96 defeated Los Angeles Lakers (18-34) 79

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