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Trade deadline highlights day in NBA

By Chris Pike
21 February 2014 07:04PM EST

THERE were just three NBA games on Thursday as trade deadline moves grabbed the headlines with Danny Granger, Andre Miller, Spencer Hawes and Antawn Jamison among those involved.

The first move of the last day until the trade deadline expired for the season saw the Clippers offload big man Byron Mullens to Philadelphia while the two teams also switched second round draft picks.

Next up was the struggling Atlanta picking up veteran forward Antawn Jamison from the Clippers who gain the draft rights to swingman Cenk Akyol, currently playing in Turkey.

Perhaps the biggest trade of the day was between the NBA's best team Indiana and the woeful 76ers.

The Pacers surprisingly offloaded a player their franchise was built around just two years ago, Danny Granger, while receiving Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen in return. A lot of pressure will now be on Turner to add something to Indiana's line-up if it is to overcome Miami come playoff time.

While Granger will now have the chance to play big minutes and put up some huge numbers again for a Sixers team that is in the worst form of any NBA line-up.

Denver and Houston also made a clean player for player swap with the Nuggets receiving guard Aaron Brooks while the Rockets picked up swingman Jordan Hamilton.

San Antonio and Toronto also swapped player for player with the Spurs gaining forward Austin Daye and the Raptors picking up Nando de Colo.

Milwaukee and Charlotte switched two players to one another with guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour joining the Bobcats while guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien headed to the Bucks.

Another reasonably big named involved at the trade deadline was veteran point guard Andre Miller who landed at Washington in a three-team deal.

Miller departed Denver for Wizards where he will back up John Wall while in the deal the Nuggets received forward Jan Vesely and the 76ers picked up guard Eric Maynor and two second round draft picks.

Philadelphia was again involved in yet another deal sending centre Spencer Hawes to Cleveland in return for forward Earl Clark, centre Henry Sims and two second round draft choice.

Miami also offloaded guard Roger Mason Jr to Sacramento in return for a conditional second round draft pick in 2015.

Meanwhile in the three NBA matches played on Thursday night, Denver beat Milwaukee 101-90, Miami thrashed Oklahoma City 103-81 and Golden State downed Houston 102-99.

Milwaukee again failed to win consecutive matches to remain the only NBA team to have failed to do so this season going down at home to Denver on Thursday night by 11 points.

Kenneth Faried led the way for the Nuggets finishing with 26 points and six rebounds while Wilson Chandler scored 15 points, JJ Hickson 14, Timofey Mozgov 14 and point guard Randy Foye 12 to go with 10 assists and two blocked shots.

Caron Butler top-scored for the Bucks with 17 points while Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points, Nate Wolters 12, John Henson 12, Giannis Antetokounmpo 11 and OJ Mayo 11.

Despite Russell Westbrook returning after the All-Star game for Oklahoma City, Miami came into the Chesapeake Energy Arena and thumped the Thunder by 22 points to improve to a 39-14 record on the season and maintain pressure on the eastern conference leading Indiana.

LeBron James led the way for the Heat finishing with 28 points and eight rebounds before being forced from the court during the fourth quarter with a possibly broken nose after a hard foul from Serge Ibaka.

The win was sealed for the Heat, though, with Chris Bosh also contributing 24 points and eight rebounds, and Dwyane Wade 24 points, 10 assists and seven boards.

Kevin Durant top-scored for Oklahoma City finishing with 28 points and eight rebounds with Westbrook adding 16 points and Ibaka 14 to go with eight rebounds.

Houston's run of hot form came to an end in Oakland on Thursday night with Golden State ending up with a nail-biting three-point victory.

David Lee led the way for the Warriors finishing with 28 points and 14 rebounds with Steph Curry contributing 25 points and six assists on the back of hitting 5-of-8 from three-point territory.

Klay Thompson scored 12 points as well for Golden State with Jordan Crawford adding 12 points and Andre Iguodala 11 to go with eight boards and seven assists.

Former LA Lakers point guard Steve Blake also made his Golden State debut and had three points, two rebounds and an assists in almost 18 minutes of court time.

James Harden did all he could for the Rockets finishing with 39 points, five assists and four rebounds while Chandler Parsons added 21 points and Dwight Howard 11 along with 21 rebounds and four blocked shots.

NBA Results Thursday February 20
Denver Nuggets (25-28) 101 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (10-44) 90
Miami Heat (39-14) 103 defeated Oklahoma City Thunder (43-13) 81
Houston Rockets (37-18) 99 lost to Golden State Warriors (33-22) 102

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