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  • Batum, Lillard help Blazers pull away from Sixers

  • PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and Portland beat Philadelphia 89-85 on Saturday for its eighth straight victory at home.
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  • PORTLAND — Nicolas Batum had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Damian Lillard added 20 points and Portland beat Philadelphia 89-85 on Saturday for its eighth straight victory at home.
    J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge added 16 points.
    Jrue Holiday had 29 points, nine assists and nine rebounds to lead the Sixers, who have lost eight of 10. Thaddeus Young added 17 points. Portland opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 10-point advantage.
    Thunder 124, Rockets 94
    At Houston, Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a win.
    Hornets 98, Bobcats 95
    At Charlotte, N.C., Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping New Orleans overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend Charlotte's losing streak to 18 games.
    Bucks 104, Heat 85
    At Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Mike Dunleavy had 13 of his 18 in the fourth quarter for Milwaukee.
    Wade was back after serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and making contact with guard Ramon Sessions' groin during the Heat's victory over Charlotte on Wednesday.
    Nets 103, Cavaliers 100
    At New York, Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
    Grizzlies 81, Nuggets 72
    At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch to help Memphis beat Denver.
    Warriors 101, Celtics 83
    At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, David Lee scored 20 points and Golden State routed the Celtics.
    Hawks 109, Pacers 100
    At Atlanta, Lou Williams had 21 points and a career-high 12 assists, Al Horford added 20 points and Atlanta beat Indiana for its fourth consecutive win.
    Raptors 123, Magic 88
    At Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping Toronto to an easy victory over injury-depleted Orlando.
    Timberwolves 111, Suns 107
    At Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards to lift Minnesota over Phoenix.
    Bulls 87, Wizards 77
    At Chicago, Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points, leading Chicago to a victory over Washington.
    Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Belinelli shot 7 of 16 in a reserve role as Richard Hamilton returned to the starting lineup. Hamilton had missed 12 games because of a torn plantar fascia in his left foot.
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