Basketball - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association games

March 21 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association games.


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Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (double overtime)

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 51 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to three games with a 119-118 double-overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Durant hit a deep three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime to seal the victory.

Reggie Jackson scored 25 points off the bench.

It was a costly win for Oklahoma City, however, as Russell Westbrook left the game in the third quarter after spraining his surgically repaired right knee.

The Thunder (51-18) led 72-71 after three quarters, but the mood in the game noticeably changed 4:24 into the third when Westbrook and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry bumped knees while Lowry was attempting to block a Westbrook three-point shot.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points to lead the Raptors (38-30), who dropped to 1-6 in overtime this season.

Lowry forced double overtime by hitting a shot from deep with 7.4 seconds remaining and tying the score at 107-107 in the first overtime session.

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Pacers 91, Bulls 79

Fueled by a 17-0 third-quarter run, the Indiana Pacers scored a 91-79 victory against division rival Chicago Bulls.

The Pacers, 51-18 and an NBA-best 32-4 at home this season, clung to a 46-45 lead early in the third quarter when they strung together a 17-0 run that created a 63-45 advantage at the 7:16 mark.

Lance Stephenson made six of eight third-quarter shots and had 13 points in the period after producing just one basket before halftime. Pacers forward Paul George had a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Chicago got 17 each from guards Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustine.

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Heat 91, Grizzlies 86

The stifling Memphis Grizzlies' defense held each of Miami's "Big 3" under 20 points, but the Heat were able overcome it with a late run to win 91-86.

LeBron James connected on a jumper with 24.8 seconds remaining to cap an 11-0 run and give Miami an 88-84 advantage.

After a driving layup by Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Memphis gave the Heat's Ray Allen an open lane to the basket that resulted in a dunk with 14.1 seconds remaining.

Conley then missed a three-pointer that sealed Memphis' fate.

James finished with 15 points, while Wade had 14 and forward Chris Bosh had 11. Allen was Miami's leading scorer, with 18.

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who saw Marc Gasol make an early exit because of a sprained ankle.

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Knicks 93, 76ers 92

The New York Knicks almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory but held on to beat the struggling Philadelphia 76ers 93-92.

The game appeared over when the Knicks led 91-74 with 5:15 left and inserted their reserves, but the Sixers fought back to close the gap.

The result remained in doubt until a potential tying three-point attempt by Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams spun out in the closing seconds.

Team mate Thaddeus Young rebounded it and scored, but New York emerged with the win.

The victory was the eighth straight for the Knicks (29-40) and the loss was the 23rd in a row for Philadelphia (15-54).

The Sixers are three shy of the NBA record for consecutive losses, held by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.

Amar'e Stoudemire scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony added 21 for New York.

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Nets 114, Celtics 98

The Brooklyn Nets continued their dominant play at home with a 114-98 victory over the Boston Celtics.

It was the 11th consecutive home win for the Nets in a streak that dates to Feb. 3.

Brooklyn (36-31) have the fifth-best record (26-10) in the NBA since New Year's Day.

The Celtics (23-47) have lost six of their last seven despite a 26 point effort from Avery Bradley, who led all scorers. Nets guard Joe Johnson scored 27 points.

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Pelicans 111, Hawks 105

New Orleans forward Anthony Davis returned from a one-game absence with another big performance, lifting the Pelicans to a 111-105 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Davis, who missed Wednesday's game with an upper respiratory infection, scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help snap the Hawks' five-game winning streak.

The Pelicans (28-40) are out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference while the Hawks (31-36) began the night with a four-game lead over the New York Knicks for the eighth playoff spot in the East.

Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague had 26 to lead the Hawks.

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