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Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Kevin Durant totaled 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds and the Thunder once again routed the Charlotte Bobcats in a 116-94 victory on Friday. Much like the last encounter, when Oklahoma City handed the Bobcats their worst loss in franchise history back on Nov. 26, the Thunder starters weren't needed by the time the fourth quarter came around. Russell Westbrook scored 11 points and the Thunder received three 3-pointers and 13 points apiece from Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha in the team's seventh win in eight games. Gerald Henderson finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, but the Bobcats dropped their ninth in a row and 22nd in 24 games at home.

Final Score: Indiana 115, Orlando 86

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul George made four 3-pointers en route to 25 points as the Indiana Pacers dominated the Orlando Magic, 115-86, on Friday. Tyler Hansbrough added 18 points and six rebounds for the Pacers, who bounced back from a tough loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. D.J. Augustin made four 3- pointers for 14 points, George Hill added 11 points and Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert each donated 10 in the victory. Indiana shot 51.8 percent from the floor and went 11-of-19 from beyond the arc. Arron Afflalo had 19 points to pace the Magic, who have lost seven straight at home. Nikola Vucevic and Beno Udrih tallied 12 points apiece.

Final Score: Brooklyn 95, Washington 78

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Deron Williams had a first quarter to remember and finished with a Nets record 11 3-pointers, as Brooklyn cruised past the Washington Wizards, 95-78, at Barclays Center. Williams set an NBA record with nine 3-pointers in the first half, including a 7-for-7 effort in the game's first eight minutes. Behind Williams' 42-point effort, the Nets led by as many as 27 and ended a three-game skid at home with relative ease despite scoring just 36 points in the second half. Reggie Evans pulled down a career-high 24 rebounds and, along with Brook Lopez, was Brooklyn's next highest scorer with 11 points. The Wizards have dropped two in a row since star rookie Bradley Beal went down with an ankle injury. Unlike Williams, they were 3-of-17 from behind the arc and shot 36 percent overall. John Wall led the way with 16 points, while Nene and Kevin Seraphin chipped in 11 apiece in the setback.

Final Score: Memphis 103, Cleveland 92

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Marc Gasol scored 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting and added eight rebounds and five assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-92 decision over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. Mike Conley had 17 points, 11 assists and five steals for the Grizzlies, who have won three straight and 11 of their last 12 games overall. Jerryd Bayless also had 17, while Ed Davis contributed 12 points and nine boards in the victory. Kyrie Irving, who was doubtful prior to the game because of an undisclosed illness, finished with a game-high 24 points. CJ Miles had 13 points and Tristan Thompson recorded a double- double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four.

Final Score: Dallas 102, Detroit 99

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - O.J. Mayo led seven Dallas players in double figures with 22 points, and the Mavericks wasted a 15-point fourth- quarter lead, but topped the Detroit Pistons, 102-99, Friday night. Brandan Wright chipped in 14 points, while Dirk Nowitzki and Mike James each chipped in 12 points. Nowitzki hit the go-ahead jumper with 2:08 remaining, as the Mavericks won for the third time in four games. Brandon Knight had 21 points for the Pistons, losers of four in a row and seven of eight. Charlie Villanueva, who scored 12, had a chance to force overtime, but his left corner 3-pointer clanked off the rim as time expired.

Final Score: Boston 107, Atlanta 102 (OT)

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Jason Terry made a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime to lift the Boston Celtics over the Atlanta Hawks, 107-102. Terry scored Boston's final five points in overtime and finished the game with 19 points. Paul Pierce added 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, who pushed their home winning streak to nine games Friday. Kevin Garnett donated 17 points and eight boards for Boston, which has won five in a row overall. Jeff Green tallied 12 points. Josh Smith ended with 32 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Hawks, who have dropped four of five. Jeff Teague had 26 points and Al Horford recorded a double- double with 22 points and 13 boards.

Final Score: Chicago 89, Utah 88

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marco Belinelli capped a sharp shooting performance by burying the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds, lifting the Chicago Bulls to a 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz at United Center. Belinelli scored 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting and kept his foot just behind the arc on his third triple of the night to give the Bulls a one-point edge with 5.9 seconds remaining. Carlos Boozer also had 22 points in addition to 10 rebounds to help Chicago snap out of a two-game skid. Nate Robinson chipped in with 14 points, seven assists and six boards in the victory. Gordon Hayward appeared to slip prior to taking Utah's final shot, which came up short. Al Jefferson returned after missing three games with a sprained ankle to score 23 points, but the Jazz ultimately dropped their third straight game.

Final Score: Miami 102, Philadelphia 93

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The Miami Heat have already clinched a spot in the playoffs. The Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter Friday to earn their 17th straight win, this time a 102-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers to mark the earliest date they have ever earned a postseason berth. LeBron James totaled 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and scored six points on a pivotal run early in the final frame that turned a close contest into an inevitable outcome -- a 13th straight win over the struggling Sixers. Dwyane Wade chipped in 22 points and Chris Bosh added 16 in the victory. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 25 points, Dorell Wright followed with 14 and Spencer Hawes finished with 13 points and 10 boards in Philadelphia's 12th consecutive road loss.

Final Score: Portland 136, San Antonio 106

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Damian Lillard scored a game-high 35 points and dished out nine assists as the Portland Trail Blazers earned a convincing 136-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. LaMarcus Aldridge followed with 26 points on 12-of-18 shooting from the floor and J.J. Hickson added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who have won four of six. Portland also took the season series with the victory -- en route to scoring the most points against the Spurs in San Antonio since Nov. 7, 1990 vs. Denver. HemisFair Arena was the home of the Spurs at the time. Tim Duncan had 18 points and eight boards for the Spurs, who had a three-game winning streak come to an end. Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobili added 16 points apiece in the setback.

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