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Suns come out hot in second half, burn Magic

EditorsNote: resend with headline Suns come out hot in second half, burn Magic PHOENIX -- Tied with the struggling and short-handed Orlando Magic at halftime Wednesday, it was time for Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek to stop talking X's and O's and have a frank discussion with his players. "We talked about it and said 'If you guys think you are a playoff team, this is the time to come out and get after it and try to really take the game away,'" Hornacek said.

Nuggets 118, Pistons 109

Nuggets 118, Pistons 109: Aaron Brooks scored a season-high 27 points and recorded a career-best 17 assists to help host Denver slip past Detroit. Randy Foye made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Nuggets, who won for the fourth time in five games. Kenneth Faried added 15 points and Darrell Arthur scored 13.

Scoring streak continues as Durant leads Thunder over Bulls

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 18 (EFE).- Kevin Durant extended his string of consecutive games scoring 25 points or better to 32, leading Oklahoma City to a 97-85 win over the Bulls at Chicago's United Center, the former stomping grounds of Michael Jordan, who put up 25-plus points for 40 games in a row during the 1986-87 season. Durant finished the night with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Thunder shook off Sunday's embarrassing 109-86 home loss against the Dallas Mavericks.

Scoring streak continues as Durant leads Thunder over Bulls

U.S. Sports Desk, Mar 18 (EFE).- Kevin Durant extended his string of consecutive games scoring 25 points or better to 32, leading Oklahoma City to a 97-85 win over the Bulls at Chicago's United Center, the former stomping grounds of Michael Jordan, who put up 25-plus points for 40 games in a row during the 1986-87 season. Durant finished the night with 35 points, 12 rebounds and five assists as the Thunder shook off Sunday's embarrassing 109-86 home loss against the Dallas Mavericks.

Timberwolves 104, Kings 102

Timberwolves 104, Kings 102: Kevin Martin poured in 31 points and Kevin Love tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota held off visiting Sacramento. Rookie Gorgui Dieng started at center in place of Nikola Pekovic (ankle) and posted career highs for points (12), rebounds (11) and blocks (five) for the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio added 12 points and nine assists as Minnesota moved within 5 1/2 games of Memphis for the eighth spot in the Western Conference.

Bobcats 101, Bucks 92

Bobcats 101, Bucks 92: Kemba Walker scored 21 points and handed out eight assists as visiting Charlotte stretched its winning streak to a season high-tying four games. Al Jefferson scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds while Gary Neal added 18 points off the bench in his first game against his former team. Gerald Henderson chipped in 14 points and six assists as the Bobcats shot 57.4 percent from the floor.

Virginia beats Duke, wins first ACC title in 38 years

Virginia beats Duke, wins first ACC title in 38 years GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After a breakthrough moment, the Virginia Cavaliers are hoping the best is yet to come. Coveting the program's first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship in 38 years, the Cavaliers are looking for more. "It felt amazing," forward Akil Mitchell said. "It's all we wanted to do when we came here. Now we've still got work to do."

Suns 121, Raptors 113

Suns 121, Raptors 113: Gerald Green racked up 28 points off the bench as visiting Phoenix outgunned Toronto to sweep the season series. Goran Dragic added 19 points for the Suns, who have won back-to-back games following a three-game losing streak. Markieff Morris contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds in a reserve role while Eric Bledsoe added 14 points in his third game since returning from a knee injury.

Wizards 101, Nets 94

Wizards 101, Nets 94: John Wall scored 33 points and host Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to complete a three-game season series sweep of Brooklyn. Drew Gooden scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth and also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for Washington, which scored the final nine points of the contest to move a game ahead of the Nets and into fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Bradley Beal had 15 points and Trevor Ariza contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

Louisville 71, Connecticut 61

Louisville 71, Connecticut 61: Montrezl Harrell notched 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Cardinals claimed their first and only American Athletic Conference tournament title at Memphis, Tenn.
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