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Thunder hangs on to beat Celtics 89-84

Thunder hangs on to beat Celtics 89-84

The Oklahoma City Thunder squandered most of a ten-point lead before holding on to beat the Boston Celtics 89-84 in the NBA on Friday.
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points despite missing all seven shots he took in the fourth quarter. Westbrook went 11 for 13 from the line, hitting a pair of free throws in the closing seconds after Boston cut the deficit to 85-84.
The Thunder were without NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant, who had a sore ankle.
Kevin Garnett scored 16 points but a season-low two rebounds for the Celtics, who had won three straight.
Lakers 112, Timberwolves 95
In Minneapolis, Kobe Bryant had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead Los Angeles over Minnesota.
Matt Barnes scored 24 on 7-of-7 shooting for the Lakers.
Minnesota's Kevin Love, the NBA's leading rebounder, had just seven rebounds and was scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.
Darko Milicic had career highs with 23 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Timberwolves.
Hornets 108, Cavaliers 101
In New Orleans, New Orleans held Cleveland to 35 percent shooting and survived a late flurry.
Cleveland, which trailed by double digits for the first 20 minutes of the second half, pulled within 104-101 with 21 seconds left. New Orleans' Marco Belinelli hit two foul shots two seconds later, and Trevor Ariza stole the ball from Ramon Sessions to seal the victory.
David West scored a season-high 34 points and Chris Paul contributed 15 points, 10 assists and six steals for the Hornets.
Antawn Jamison led the Cavaliers with 20 points off the bench.
Heat 95, Bobcats 87
In Miami, the hosts wasted another huge lead but hung on to defeat Charlotte.
LeBron James scored 32 points while Chris Bosh added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Heat, who led by as many as 21 in the second quarter but found themselves down 82-80 with 4:56 remaining.
James hit a short jumper from the lane to put Miami up again, and Bosh made four straight free throws to give the Heat a 90-85 edge with 1:07 left and the home team clung on.
Stephen Jackson finished with 30 points for Charlotte.
Wizards 89, Grizzlies 86
In Washington, the hosts shot only 38 percent yet still had enough in hand to edge Memphis.
Playing the third straight game without injured guard John Wall, the backcourt combination of Gilbert Arenas and Kirk Hinrich was able to pull the struggling Wizards to a much-needed win, scoring 24 and 22 points respectively.
The Grizzlies, who lost for the fifth straight time, were led by Zach Randolph with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
76ers 90, Bucks 79
In Philadelphia, the home team won its first game in six, defeating Milwaukee.
Thaddeus Young scored a season-high 23 points and Lou Williams added 19 for the Sixers, who won for just the second time at home this season.
Corey Maggette led the Bucks with 20 points.
Raptors 106, Rockets 96
In Toronto, Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points as Toronto beat Houston to win consecutive games for the first time this season.
Linas Kleiza had 17 for the Raptors.
Houston's Kevin Martin matched his season high with 31 points as the Rockets lost their third straight.


Updated : 2021-10-20 15:33 GMT+08:00