Blazers, Thunder win again...Hawks keep conference lead...Chara turns on power...Gators top Tigers

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 3:04 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers own the NBA's best record at 22-4 following a 119-116 triumph at Cleveland. Damian Lillard hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with four-tenths of a second remaining, one game after draining a game-winning shot with one-tenth of a second left against Detroit. Lillard had a career-high eight 3-pointers while scoring 36 points in the Trail Blazers' fifth consecutive win.

DENVER (AP) — Oklahoma remains one game behind first-place Portland in the NBA's Western Conference after Kevin Durant scored 30 points in the Thunder's seventh straight win, 105-93 at Denver. Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder, while Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks still lead the NHL's Western Conference by two points over Anaheim after the Hawks and Ducks won on Tuesday. Patrick Kane scored the game-winner on a power play and Antti Raanta (AN'-tee RAHN'-tah) stopped 26 shots as the Blackhawks downed Nashville 3-1. Corey Perry notched his 22nd goal while the Ducks scored five straight to beat Detroit 5-2.

BOSTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) scored a pair of power-play goals and the Boston Bruins improved to 11-0-1 in their last 11 games by blanking Calgary 2-0. Tuukka (TOO'-kah) Rask stopped 21 shots in his third shutout of the season and the Bruins' third consecutive whitewash of the Flames in Calgary. The outcome gets the Bruins within one point of first-place Pittsburgh in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

NEW YORK (AP) — No. 16 Florida won Tuesday's lone matchup of top-25 men's basketball teams. Casey Prather scored the Gators' final eight points and finished with 22 in a 77-75 win against No. 15 Memphis at Madison Square Garden. Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points as the Gators ended the Tigers' six-game winning streak.

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