NBA - Thunder beat Jazz, Bulls fall to Clippers

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz.

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Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (left) handles the ball against Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors (15) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Reuters)

Thunder 95, Jazz 73

Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Utah Jazz.

Kevin Durant added 19 points on 3-of-9 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. For the Thunder (9-4).

The Jazz (1-14) were on pace to set a season low in points until guard Alec Burks hit a free throw with 8.9 seconds left in the game to match the 73 points it scored Nov. 8 against Chicago.

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Clippers 121, Bulls 82

Playing without fallen guard Derrick Rose the Chicago Bulls could not keep up with the relentless Clippers in a blowout defeat.

Blake Griffin (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Paul (16 points, 17 assists) were two of six Los Angeles players in double figure scoring as they led by as much as 40 during the rout.

The Clippers improved to 10-5 while the Bulls (6-6) lost their third straight and again face uncertainty without their leader.

Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee on Friday and will undergo potential season-ending surgery on Monday. The former league MVP missed all of last season after tearing his left ACL during the 2012 playoffs.

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Suns 104, Magic 96

Goran Dragic had 23 points and 13 assists, leading the fast-breaking Phoenix Suns to a victory over the Orlando Magic.

The Suns (7-6) got 20 points from guard Gerald Green, who started in place of Eric Bledsoe, and 16 points from reserve forward Marcus Morris.

The Magic (4-9) were led by center Nikola Vucevic with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Andrew Nicholson added 19 points.

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Pistons 109, Nets 97

Another second-half meltdown from the Brooklyn Nets sealed their fifth straight loss.

A second quarter that helped the Nets build a lead as large as 10 was quickly overshadowed as Brooklyn (3-10) was outscored 34-15 in the third.

Rodney Stuckey helped seal the Pistons (5-8) win, scoring 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Nets guard Joe Johnson led all scorers with 34 points on 11-of-15 shooting but Brooklyn played without injured players Andrei Kirilenko, Brook Lopez, Deron Williams and Jason Terry.

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