nba roundup | Sunday’s games
Clippers 102, Raptors 83
Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points as the Clippers won their sixth in a row while handing the Raptors their 10th consecutive road loss. The Raptors have just four wins this season. Eric Bledsoe added 14 points to help the Clippers’ reserves outscore their counterparts 47-24.
Bucks 97, Nets 88
Brandon Jennings scored 26 points, Monta Ellis had 24 points and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood Brooklyn’s fourth-quarter rally. The Bucks led by 29 points with 6:59 left in the third quarter but Brooklyn got within six after Deron Williams found Kris Humphries open for an uncontested dunk. Ellis’ layup then made it 87-79 before the Nets called a timeout with 2:24 left in regulation. On the ensuing play, Gerald Wallace lost his balance and the ball and Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders made a reverse layup to extend the Bucks’ lead to 10 points. Williams had 18 points and eight assists and Wallace added 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Nets.
Magic 98, Suns 90
Rookie Andrew Nicholson scored nine of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and the Magic handed the Suns their seventh loss in a row. Nicholson made 9 of 11 shots and grabbed nine rebounds, also the best of his young career. J.J. Redick scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half.
Thunder 104, Pacers 93
Kevin Durant scored 27 points while Kevin Martin added 24 in the Thunder’s eighth straight win. A meeting of the NBA’s highest-scoring offense and the league’s stingiest defense went the way of the Thunder, who eclipsed 100 points for the 12th straight game. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and came up with a big block against 7-foot-2 center Roy Hibbert — 11 inches taller than him — during a late 8-0 burst by the Thunder that put it away after the Pacers had pulled within three. David West led the way with 21 points for Indiana.
Knicks 112, Nuggets 106
Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence with 34 points against his former team as the Knicks remain the NBA’s lone unbeaten team at home.