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Nuggets hold off Pelicans, 118-111, in double overtime

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Russell Westbrook has 36 points and 11 rebounds to lead Thunder to a 109-100 victory over the Bulls

Will Barton scored 25 points, including the tying three-pointer late in the first overtime, and the undermanned Denver Nuggets won their fourth straight, 118-111 over the New Orleans Pelicans in double overtime Sunday night.

Kenneth Faried had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. Danilo Gallinari added 17 points, including a three that gave the Nuggets a 114-109 lead with 1:30 left in the second overtime.

Ty Lawson added 19 points and Jameer Nelson 18 for Denver, which won even as Coach Melvin Hunt chose to rest three regulars — Wilson Chandler, Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur — so the team could get a better look at some younger players.

Anthony Davis had 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and a career-high seven assists for New Orleans, which fell a game behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Tyreke Evans, returning from a sprained left ankle, had 25 points and 10 assists for New Orleans, while Eric Gordon added 16 points, including a clutch three-pointer late in regulation and a driving floater late in the first overtime, the latter giving the Pelicans a three-point lead with 14 seconds left in the first overtime.

at Oklahoma City 109, Chicago 100: Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 11 rebounds and the Thunder held off the Bulls. Centers Enes Kanter (18 points, 18 rebounds) and Steven Adams (14 points, 11 rebounds) both posted double-doubles for the Thunder.

Portland 113, at Toronto 97: LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds and the Trail Blazers beat the Raptors for the 12th time in 13 meetings. Damian Lillard scored 23 points, and Arron Afflalo had 14, and Nicolas Batum added 10 points and 12 assists to help the Trail Blazers open a five-game trip with their eighth victory in nine games.

Cleveland 123, at Orlando 108: Kyrie Irving scored 33 points, J.R. Smith had 25 and the Cavaliers rolled past the Magic. LeBron James finished with 21 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have won four straight and six of seven.

at San Antonio 123, Minnesota 97: The Spurs lost Manu Ginobili to a sprained right ankle in the third quarter of a victory over the Timberwolves. Ginobili was injured when he went up for a one-handed rebound and landed on the side of Gorgui Dieng's left foot with 43 seconds left in the period.

at Phoenix 102, New York 89: Eric Bledsoe fell a rebound shy of a triple-double and the Suns overcame a sluggish first half to beat the Knicks. Bledsoe finished with 21 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.

Houston 100, at Clippers 98

Atlanta 91, at Lakers 86

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