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Durant stars as Thunder clip Clippers

23 January 2013 07:25

The two sides with the best records in the NBA squared off with Oklahoma City Thunder winning 109-97 at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Forward Kevin Durant was the standout with 32 points while Russell Westbrook also contributed 26 points.

Blake Griffin was the standout for the Clippers shooting 31 points and grabbing 11 boards in a lone hand performance.

Oklahoma earned a four point half-time lead after getting on top of LA in the second period after a deadlocked first stanza.

Led by Durant and Westbrook, the Thunder broke the game open in the third period getting out to a 14 point lead at the last break.

Despite shading the last period, the Clippers did not have enough performers to reel in Oklahoma's lead.

The Thunder and the Clippers almost had identical records before the match with both sides having won 32 matches and the victors now go clear in the race for the Western Conference.

A blistering opening quarter laid the foundations for the Milwaukee Bucks to overcome the Philadelphia 76ers 110-102.

Taking a 28-18 lead into the first break, the Bucks were never headed despite an even contest from there on.

Ersan Ilyasova was a constant thorn in the 76ers side, scoring 27 points and picking up 16 rebounds and was ably supported by Brandon Jennings (25 points).

The 76ers top scorer was Evan Turner (23) but their best player, Spencer Hawes, shot 21 points and dragged in 12 rebounds.

The Cleveland Cavaliers needed a monumental performance from Kyrie Irving to beat the Boston Celtics 95-90 in front of their home fans.

Irving dominated the contest with 40 points as the Cavaliers came from behind at the last break and during parts of the fourth period to claim victory.

Missing a dominant individual performance like Irving's, the Celtics were best served by Rajon Rondo, who contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds while Kevin Garnett (16), Paul Pierce and Jared Sullinger (12) also chipped in on the scoreboard.

It only took one bad period for the Orlando Magic to lose a game as they went down 105-90 at the Detroit Pistons.

Trailing by only two points at half-time, the Magic were whipped 28-14 by the Pistons in the game-defining third period.

Despite not having a standout team performer, the Pistons produced an even team performance with six players scoring over 10 points including Brandon Knight (18), Greg Monroe (16) and Will Bynum (15).

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