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NBA  Wednesday 4/23/2014Line$ LineOU LineGame InfoScore
CHARLOTTE at MIAMI   @ 7:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
727:  CHARLOTTE
 
728:  MIAMI
+10.5  -110

-10.5  -110
+400

-600

186
 
Eastern Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - MIA Leads 1-077
7:47 4th
89
DALLAS at SAN ANTONIO   @ 8:05 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
729:  DALLAS
 
730:  SAN ANTONIO
+8  -110

-8  -110
+280

-360

199.5
 
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - SAS Leads 1-056
0:40 2nd
49
PORTLAND at HOUSTON   @ 9:35 PMPreview | FoxSheet | Recap |  
731:  PORTLAND
 
732:  HOUSTON
+6  -110

-6  -110
+200

-250

214.5
 
Western Conference - Round 1 - Best of 7 - Game 2 - POR Leads 1-0

While the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled to put up points since their winning streak came to an end, a solid effort on the defensive end helped them get back in the win column.

Scoring hasn't been much of a problem for Oklahoma City during its run at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Thunder seek their 12th victory in 13 games while beating the Timberwolves for the ninth straight time in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Since averaging 110.2 points while hitting 43.1 percent from 3-point range over a 10-game winning streak, Western Conference-best Oklahoma City (39-11) has totaled 167 points and missed 34 of 42 from 3 in its last two.

Following a 96-81 loss at Washington on Saturday that snapped their second-longest run since leaving Seattle in 2008, the Thunder bounced back with an 86-77 victory over visiting Memphis on Monday.

''One of the strengths of our team, obviously, is our versatility," coach Scott Brooks said. "I think tonight it showed that sometimes you have to play different styles of basketball to get a win.''

Durant had scored 26 in consecutive games following a streak of 12 straight with at least 30 points before finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Monday's win.

Serge Ibaka added 21 points and 12 rebounds against the defensive-minded Grizzlies as Oklahoma City improved to a league-best 21-3 at home with its seventh straight win there.

The Thunder may be able to get back on track offensively since they've averaged 118.5 points on 53.3 percent shooting - including 42.3 from 3-point range - during an eight-game home winning streak against the Timberwolves (22-22).

Durant has scored 30.9 per game while hitting 14 of 28 from beyond the arc in his last seven at home in this series. He recorded his fourth career triple-double with 32 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 113-103 home win Dec. 1.

In that performance, the five-time All-Star became the first player to record at least 30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and four blocks in a single game since blocks and steals became official stats during the 1973-74 season.

The Timberwolves have split their first four games without injured center Nikola Pekovic as they snapped a two-game skid with a 109-99 win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

Former Thunder guard Kevin Martin matched a season high with 32 points, while Kevin Love added 31 points and 17 rebounds. Love, an All-Star for the third time, has averaged 32.6 points and 14.8 rebounds in his last five games.

''I just want to continue to keep playing and give this team all that I can,'' Love said. ''Yeah, I've taken a physical beating, but you've got to expect being one of the top guys that they're going to come at you.''

While he totaled 54 points on 18-of-33 shooting to help Minnesota split its two home games in the season series, Love scored just 16 while missing 10 of 14 shots in the December loss in Oklahoma City.

In the last matchup, Durant finished with 48 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the visiting Thunder scored 38 in the fourth quarter to rally past the Timberwolves 115-111 on Jan. 4.

Oklahoma City has won 16 of the past 19 meetings overall.