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NBA: Portland Trail Blazers wallop Oklahoma City Thunder to end skid

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers wallop Oklahoma City Thunder to end skid
Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee blocks the shot of Thunder center Enes Kanter during the first half of a game on Dec. 13. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)

Damian Lillard had 17 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 114-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in Portland.

Russell Westbrook scored 20, well off his league-leading average of 31.1 points a game for the Thunder, who have lost two of three after a six-game winning streak.

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Mason Plumlee added 18 points for Portland, which led by 26 in its first game back after a 1-4 trip. Six Trail Blazers finished in double figures in the second of back-to-back games. The team was coming off a hard-fought 121-120 loss to the Clippers on Monday night at Staples Center that extended its longest losing streak this season.

The Thunder were without Victor Oladipo because of a right wrist sprain.

at Cleveland 103, Memphis 86: Kevin Love scored 29 points, J.R. Smith and LeBron James each had 23, and the Cavaliers won their fifth in a row and ended the Grizzlies' six-game winning streak. Memphis rested center Marc Gasol for the first of back-to-back games against the defending NBA champions. Cleveland rested point guard Kyrie Irving, and Coach Tyronn Lue said that James, Love and Irving would not travel to Memphis for Wednesday night's game.

Minnesota 99, at Chicago 94: Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Andrew Wiggins had 23 and the Timberwolves erased a 21-point deficit to get Coach Tom Thibodeau a victory in his first game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him in an acrimonious split in 2015. Minnesota ended a four-game losing streak.

Golden State 113, at New Orleans 109: Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant had 27 to go with a big block on Anthony Davis in the final minute, and Warriors held on to win after again struggling against a lesser opponent on the road. Davis finished with 28 points and five blocked shots for the Pelicans.

at Phoenix 113, New York 111 (OT): Eric Bledsoe had 31 points, including the go-ahead basket with 30 seconds to play in overtime, and the Suns slowed down the Knicks, who had won six of seven. Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 for New York.

Orlando 131, at Atlanta 120: Serge Ibaka scored 29 points, Elfrid Payton reached career highs with 26 points and 14 assists and the Magic snapped a three-game losing skid.

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