NBA Round-up: Pelicans ruin King Kevin's comeback

Sport360 staff 11:52 04/12/2014
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Dethroned: Despite reigning MVP Kevin Durant's 27 points on his seasonal debut Oklahoma City Thunder were still beaten by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Oklahoma City Thunder 104 – 112 New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, sidelined since October after surgery to repair a broken right foot, scored 27 points in his NBA season debut, a loss at New Orleans.  Tyreke Evans scored a game-high 30 points, Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds and Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 23 points for the Pelicans. Durant played 30 minutes and hit 9-of-18 shots from the field and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He grabbed three rebounds, passed off two assists and gave away five turnovers.

Indiana Pacers 99 – 116 Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix double-point guard combination of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe reminded everyone just how good they can be together. Dragic scored 34 points, Bledsoe had 27 and the Suns beat Indiana 116-99 for their fourth straight victory over the Pacers.The Suns' guards, who are getting more time together on the court with Isaiah Thomas out with an injury, combined for 22-for-35 shooting. Dragic matched his season high for a game with 22 first-half points, and Bledsoe scored 21 in the second half.

Toronto Raptors 117 – 109 Sacramento Kings
Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and made a pivotal jumper with 57 seconds left to lift the Raptors over the Sacramento Kings 117-109 on Tuesday. Terrence Ross matched his season high with 20 points and reserve James Johnson added 19 points and seven rebounds. Six players scored in double figures for the East-leading Raptors, who had lost two in a row.

Dallas Mavericks 132 – 129 Chicago Bulls
Monta Ellis finished with 38 points – including the go-ahead three-pointer with 39 seconds left in the second overtime – as Dallas edged the Chicago Bulls 132-129 at the United Center. Chandler Parsons added 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki 22 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to earn the Mavericks a fourth straight win. Pau Gasol led the Bulls with 29 points and 14 rebounds in a topsy-turvy encounter which saw the lead change hands 14 times.

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Portland Trail Blazers 105 – 103 Denver Nuggets
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points and set up the winning basket with 1.3 seconds left to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets. Aldridge also had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double in six games. Lillard scored 17 points, and Wesley Matthews added 15. Ty Lawson led Denver with 24 points and 13 assists on the second night of a back-to-back.

Orlando Magic 97 – 98 Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry's late three-pointer handed the Golden State Warriors a dramatic 98-97 NBA victory over the Orlando Magic at Oracle Arena on Tuesday night. Curry sank the go-ahead basket with 2.2 seconds left on the clock to give the Warriors their 10th straight win. He finished with 22 points and five assists.

Milwaukee Bucks 108 – 111 Celveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and Kevin Love added 27 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive NBA victory, a 111-108 triumph Tuesday over Milwaukee. Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James joined his "Big Three" partners with 26 points and a game-high 10 assists while Love grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds as the Cavaliers improved to 9-7. Brandon Knight led the Bucks with 27 points while Jabari Parker added 22 as Milwaukee fell to 10-9.

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