Thunder, Blazers win...Trojans rout Bulldogs...Buckeyes escape...Kings' Jones stays unbeaten

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 31 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder earned their ninth straight win by beating the Spurs 113-100 in San Antonio. Reggie Jackson had 21 points for Oklahoma City, which outscored the Spurs 40-29 in the second quarter and improved to an NBA-best 22-4. Kevin Durant added 17 and Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH'-kah) produced a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers picked up their NBA-best 23rd win as Damian Lillard poured in 29 points in a 110-107 victory against New Orleans. LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Mathews each added 18 points to help the Blazers remain in a virtual tie with Oklahoma City for the Western Conference lead, percentage points behind the Thunder.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cody Kessler threw for 344 yards and a Las Vegas Bowl-record four touchdowns as Southern California clobbered 21st-ranked Fresno State 45-20. Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor (AG'-oh-lohr) had two touchdown catches apiece and Javorius Allen rushed two more scores to help the Trojans finish 10-4. Fresno State trailed 35-6 at halftime and dropped to 11-2.

NEW YORK (AP) — Third-ranked Ohio State trailed by eight with 1:54 remaining before closing on a 14-3 run to beat Notre Dame 64-61. Lenzelle Smith Jr. scored seven of his nine points in the final 33 seconds to help OSU improve to 12-0. LaQuinton Ross had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Ohio State, while Amir Williams added 13 points.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Kings goaltender Martin Jones is the second NHL rookie to win his first eight starts, and the first since Philadelphia's Bob Froese (frohz) in 1982-83. Jones made 23 saves and was perfect on three shootout attempts as Los Angeles topped Colorado 3-2. He hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his starts, posting three shutouts along the way.

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