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Pacers Win, Bulls Lose Wednesday

>>Thunder Topple Bulls
Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.
Carmelo Anthony returned to the Thunder lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Oklahoma City had lost four straight before getting things turned around. The wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points.
Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.
The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.
The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn't score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points. Grant had 12 points and six rebounds at the break.
The Bulls host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.
>>Pacers Drop Grizzlies
Darren Collison scored a season-high 30 points, and the Indiana Pacers almost let them go to waste.
After stretching their lead to 17 in the fourth quarter, the Pacers held on to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-113 on Wednesday night.
Indiana could breathe easy only after Marc Gasol's 3-point attempt with 3 seconds left bounced off. Memphis couldn't get off another shot from the ensuing scramble.
The Pacers seemed in control before Memphis ran off 10 straight points in the fourth. A 3-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic stopped the string and ran the margin back to 10. From there Memphis chipped away, and a 3-point play from Gasol trimmed the Pacers' lead to 116-113 with 12.4 seconds left.
Gasol led Memphis with 35 points and 13 rebounds.
Victor Oladipo added 21 points for the Pacers, while Bogdanovic scored 16.
Memphis reserve guard Tyreke Evans finished with 18 points, snapping a string of six straight games scoring at least 20 off the bench.
The Pacers host Detroit on Friday night.

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