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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 8

By The Sports Xchange
NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 8
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry drops into a catcher's stance during warmups. File Photo by Jon SooHoo/UPI | License Photo

Philadelphia 76ers 99, New Orleans Pelicans 98

NEW ORLEANS -- Dario Saric scored eight consecutive points in a decisive fourth-quarter surge and Ersan Ilyasova had a team-high 23 points as the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a 23-game road losing streak with a 99-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night at the Smoothie King Center.

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The Sixers (5-18) entered the game with the NBA's worst record, but they placed five players in double figures. Besides Ilyasova, guard Segio Rodriquez had 16, Joel Embiid and Nik Stauskas 14 each, and Saric 13.

The Pelicans (7-16) lost their fourth consecutive game despite Anthony Davis' 26 points and 11 rebounds. Only one other Pelican -- guard Langston Galloway -- scored in double figures with 19 points.

Chicago Bulls 95, San Antonio Spurs 91

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CHICAGO -- San Antonio didn't have an answer for why it started 13-0 on the road, and then had no answer for Chicago at the United Center.

The Bulls led start to finish to end a three-game losing streak and hand the Spurs their first road loss. San Antonio needed one more road win to tie the NBA record of 14 straight road victories to start a season, set by the Golden State Warriors last season.

Rajon Rondo led the way for Chicago by finishing an assist short of a triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists). Dwyane Wade finished with 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 13.

Washington Wizards 92, Denver Nuggets 85

WASHINGTON -- Bradley Beal scored 26 points and John Wall had 15 as Washington fended off Denver.

Wall wasn't close to the career-high 52 points he scored in Tuesday's 124-116 home loss to the Orlando Magic, but nine came in the fourth quarter. Denver only had 12 in the final period, including four over the last 10 minutes. Markieff Morris also scored 15 for the Wizards.

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Nikola Jokic had 17 points and Danilo Gallinari scored 14 for the Nuggets, who have lost five of six. Denver led by 14 points in the first quarter, but faded over the final three periods. The Wizards outscored the Nuggets 45-33 in the second half one game after allowing the Magic to score their most points on the season.

Toronto Raptors 124, Minnesota Timberwolves 110

TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry added 25 points and 11 assists and Toronto came back to defeat Minnesota.

Toronto's Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Zach LaVine scored 29 points, Anthony Wiggins added 25 and Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota.

Memphis Grizzlies 88, Portland Trail Blazers 86

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Reserve guard Toney Douglas connected on two free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining to lift Memphis past Portland at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to win their fifth straight.

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Center Marc Gasol led Memphis with a season-high 36 points and JaMychal Green added a career-high 18 rebounds.

Golden State Warriors 106, Utah Jazz 99

SALT LAKE CITY -- Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Kevin Durant added 21, including 11 in fourth quarter, to help Golden State hold off a late rally and beat Utah.

Draymond Green added 13 points for the Warriors while Klay Thompson and Patrick McCaw chipped in 10 apiece. Golden State won its eighth consecutive road game -- the third-longest streak in franchise history.

Joe Ingles scored a career-high 21 points to lead Utah. Rudy Gobert finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds, for his 14th double-double of the season, and Shelvin Mack chipped in 19. It wasn't enough for the Jazz (14-10) to overcome a sluggish first-quarter start.

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