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NBA: Oklahoma City 83, LA Clippers 79

Los Angeles -- Kevin Ollie made two free throws with 4 seconds remaining Wednesday to wrap up Oklahoma City's 83-79 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Thunder won on the road for the second time this season by limiting the Clippers to 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Oklahoma City was clinging to a two-point lead inside the 30-second mark when Ollie stole the ball from Chris Kaman. Rather than foul immediately, the Clippers tried to play defense for the duration of the 24-second clock.

As the clock wound down, Ollie put up a 3-point attempt and when that shot missed he grabbed the rebound. Ollie was promptly fouled by Marcus Camby and made good on both free throws to clinch the win.

NBA: Houston 104, Memphis 79

Houston -- Luis Scola made 60 percent of his shots Wednesday, scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in leading Houston to a 104-79 mauling of Memphis.

The Rockets dominated the second half in handing the Grizzlies their seventh straight loss.

Carl Landry contributed 20 points and Trevor Ariza had 17 for the Rockets, who held Memphis to 39 percent shooting from the field.

O.J. Mayo scored 19 for the Grizzlies and Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph had 18 each. Hasheem Thabeet, selected by Memphis with the second pick in this year's draft, sat out the game with a fractured jaw.

Houston had a 43-38 halftime lead and ran off 11 straight points in the third period to take control. The Rockets led by as many as 27.

NBA: San Antonio 92, Dallas 83

San Antonio -- Richard Jefferson made up for the absence of two key players by scoring a season-best 29 points Wednesday, pushing San Antonio to a 92-83 win over Dallas.

Both Tim Duncan and Tony Parker missed the game with ankle injuries but Jefferson came through with a big night that included four assists and three steals.

San Antonio built a 15-point lead through three periods and held on despite making just 4-of-17 from the field in the fourth quarter.

It was the first meeting of the Spurs and Mavericks since Dallas eliminated San Antonio in five games to open last season's playoffs.

The Mavericks, who had won their previous two games, were led by Dirk Nowitzki with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Jason Terry added 19 points off the bench.

NBA: Milwaukee 108, Denver 102

Milwaukee -- Brandon Jennings scored 32 points and hit two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter Wednesday, helping carry Milwaukee past Denver 108-102.

Milwaukee opened a six-game homestand by winning its third straight. Andrew Bogut contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points off the bench.

Denver closed within three points before Jennings hit a 3-pointer with 4:18 to play. He made another with 3:10 left that gave the Bucks a 98-89 advantage.

Bogut made 10-of-15 shots from the field in dominating the inside.

Carmelo Anthony paced the Nuggets with 32 points, but committed seven turnovers. Chauncey Billups added 19.

NBA: Cleveland 102, Orlando 93

Orlando, Fla. -- LeBron James and Mo Williams combined for 64 points Wednesday and Cleveland built a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter before downing Orlando 102-93.

James scored 36 points and got a huge assist from Williams, who made his first nine shots from the field.

Williams scored 22 in the first half and finished with 28 to go with six assists. Shaquille O'Neal contributed 10 points in 20 minutes.

These teams battled in last season's Eastern Conference finals, with Orlando ousting the top-seeded Cavaliers in six games.

Cleveland opened this season with back-to-back losses but has bounced back to win five of its last six.

Orlando, which had won three of its previous four, got 29 points from Vince Carter and 19 from Jameer Nelson.

NBA: Boston 105, Utah 86

Boston -- Kevin Garnett led all five Boston starters in double figures with 18 points Wednesday, pacing Boston to a 105-86 victory over Utah.

The Celtics improved to 8-1 this season, thanks to a 53 percent shooting performance.

Ray Allen contributed 15 points, Paul Pierce had 13 and Kendrick Perkins scored 10 points to go with eight rebounds.

Utah committed 21 turnovers that led to 25 Boston points and the Jazz missed all 10 of their attempts from 3-point range.

Deron Williams and Ronnie Brewer each scored 13 points for Utah.

Boston turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 69-50 advantage during the first 3:37 of the third period.

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NBA: Philadelphia 82, New Jersey 79

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Thaddeus Young sealed the victory with a steal in the final seconds Wednesday, allowing Philadelphia to escape with an 82-79 triumph over winless New Jersey.

The 0-8 beginning for the Nets is the worst start to a season in franchise history.

Young scored 20 points and had a chance to wrap up the game at the free throw line with 5 seconds to play. He missed the second of two attempts, however, giving the Nets an opportunity to send the game into overtime.

Young then stole the inbounds pass to ensure another New Jersey loss.

Marreese Speights added 19 points and nine rebounds for the 76ers, who had lost three of their previous four games.

Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand combined to make just 4-for-20 shots from the field.

NBA: Atlanta 114, New York 101

New York -- Al Horford scored 25 points Wednesday to lead an Atlanta rally that brought the Hawks a 114-101 victory over New York.

The Knicks lost their sixth in a row and remained stuck on one victory this season.

Atlanta has won six of its eight games to open the campaign. The Hawks got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Josh Smith and 19 points each from Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson.

New York was paced by Al Harrington off the bench with 23 points.

NBA: Indiana 108, Golden State 94

Indianapolis -- Danny Granger keyed a big second quarter Wednesday that sent the Indiana Pacers coasting to a 108-94 victory over Golden State.

ranger scored 31 points and had 16 rebounds in Indiana's third straight victory. The streak has come after the Pacers had lost their first three games of the season.

Indiana outscored the Warriors by 13 points in the second period to take a 64-47 advantage at halftime.

Golden State came no closer than seven in the second half.

Earl Watson added 16 for Golden State, filling in after T.J. Ford left early in the contest with back spasms.

Roy Hibbert also had 16 while Tyler Hansbrough and Brandon Rush had 11 each.

NBA: Toronto 99, Chicago 89

Toronto -- Jose Calderon scored six points in a 14-point Toronto fourth-quarter run Wednesday, rallying the Raptors past Chicago 99-89.

The Bulls, coming off a controversial setback against Denver Tuesday, owned an 88-85 lead after Taj Gibson made two free throws with 6:13 to play. Chicago did not score again until Kirk Hinrich made a free throw with 5 seconds left.

In between, Calderon, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani teamed to score all of the points in the game-closing surge.