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LOS ANGELES (AP) Kevin Durant scored 42 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder easily sent the short-handed Los Angeles Lakers to their sixth straight loss, 116-101 Friday night.

Kevin Martin scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers for the Thunder, who romped to a 27-point lead in the second half of their seventh win in nine games. Oklahoma City (28-8) matched the Clippers for the NBA's best record with a virtuoso game from Durant, who had 38 points midway through the third quarter.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 for the Lakers, on their first six-game skid since March 2007.

Antawn Jamison added 19 points as Los Angeles looked lost and overmatched in its third straight game without starting big men Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.

BULLS 108, KNICKS 101

NEW YORK (AP) - Luol Deng scored a season-high 33 points in the Chicago Bulls' third victory over New York this season, a win that sent the Knicks to their season-high third straight loss.

Topping the 29 points he scored here last month, Deng shot 13 of 18 from the field and also led the defensive effort that contained Carmelo Anthony in the decisive first half of his return from a one-game suspension.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points for the Bulls, whose offense won't be at full strength until Derrick Rose is back from knee surgery, yet they still shot 57 percent.

Anthony ended up with 39 points for the Knicks, who were roughed up again a night after losing in Indiana.

HAWKS 103, JAZZ 95

ATLANTA (AP) - Devin Harris scored a season-high 24 points and Atlanta rallied from 15 points down in the second half.

Randy Foye had 25 points to lead Utah, which had won four of five but was denied its first back-to-back road wins of the season. Al Jefferson had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Milsap had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Jazz.

The Hawks, who trailed 75-60 in the third quarter, played from behind before taking their first lead of the second half on consecutive baskets by Al Horford. The second basket by Horford, set up by Josh Smith's pass, gave Atlanta a 94-92 lead with 2:44 remaining.

Jefferson answered with a tying basket before Ivan Johnson scored on a fast break to give the lead back to Atlanta. Utah's Jamaal Tinsley made one of two free throws to leave the Hawks' lead at 96-95. Josh Smith's short jumper and Lou Williams' 3-pointer padded the lead.

HORNETS 104, TIMBERWOLVES 92

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Greivis Vasquez had 18 points and 13 assists to lead New Orleans to its fourth straight win.

Eric Gordon added 16 points, Ryan Anderson had 15, Jason Smith 14, Al-Farouz Aminu 12 and Roger Mason 10 for the Hornets, who have won five out of six with Gordon in the starting lineup.

Luke Ridnour scored 20 points to lead a balanced Timberwolves offense. Nikola Pekovic added 18 points, Andrei Kirilenko 17, Dante Cunningham 12 and Alexey Shved 11.

New Orleans trailed 29-14 after the first quarter but outscored Minnesota 56-32 over the next two periods to take a 70-61 lead.

The Hornets hit the century mark for the first time since 113-102 loss to Minnesota on Dec. 14.

CELTICS 103, ROCKETS 91

BOSTON (AP) - Paul Pierce scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Kevin Garnett added 17 points and four blocks as Boston nearly blew a 17-point lead before pulling away late.

The Celtics extended their season-high winning streak to five games, but only after surviving a 12-0 run that pulled the Rockets within two points midway through the fourth quarter.

Rajon Rondo finished with 12 points and eight assists for the Celtics. Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger scored 14 apiece and Sullinger also had 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double.

James Harden scored 24 and Chandler Parsons added 18 for Houston, which fell to 0-2 during a three-game road trip that concludes Saturday in Philadelphia.

NETS 99, SUNS 79

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson scored 19 points and MarShon Brooks added 17 points off the bench as Brooklyn won its fifth straight.

The Nets have won three straight games by 20 or more points for the first time in the team's NBA history.

Deron Williams added 14 points and Andray Blatche chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds as the Nets ended a five game home losing streak against Phoenix.

Jared Dudley led the Suns with 18 points and Shannon Brown had 15 off the bench as Phoenix lost its fifth straight and for the 11th time in 12 games.

RAPTORS 99, BOBCATS 78

TORONTO (AP) - Alan Anderson scored 16 points against his former team, Jose Calderon had 15 and Toronto won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Amir Johnson had 13 points and eight rebounds while Ed Davis had 12 points and eight boards for the Raptors, who led by as many as 24. Anderson had four of Toronto's 12 3-pointers, while Calderon and Kyle Lowry each made three.

Starting for the second straight game, Toronto's Landry Fields matched his season high with 11 rebounds.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker and Ben Gordon each scored 12 points as Charlotte's modest streak of two straight road victories came to an end.

PISTONS 103, BUCKS 87

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Greg Monroe had 26 points and 11 rebounds, Brandon Knight scored 20 points, and Detroit handed Milwaukee interim coach Jim Boylan his first loss.

Detroit led 74-60 going into the fourth quarter and squashed any hope of a Bucks comeback when Monroe scored on a hook shot, layup and dunk and Knight added a 3 as the lead grew to 83-62 with 9:57 to play.

Rodney Stuckey's 3 gave the Pistons another 21-point lead with 2:48 to go and the Bucks didn't get closer than 14 again.

Brandon Jennings and Beno Udrih had 15 points for Milwaukee.

Boylan, who took over for the fired Scott Skiles earlier this week, had won his first two games - against Phoenix on Tuesday and Chicago on Wednesday.

GRIZZLIES 101, SPURS 98, OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rudy Gay hit a pullup jumper from 14 feet with 27.8 seconds left, and Memphis held off San Antonio in overtime for its fourth straight victory and the first over its Southwest Division rival since the 2011 playoffs.

Gay led Memphis with 23 points, and Mike Conley had 21 points and five assists

San Antonio had won five straight in the series since the Grizzlies upset the then-No. 1 seed in the opening round in 2011. The Spurs also had a 2 1/2-game divisional lead on Memphis coming into this game - with the Grizzlies having played five fewer games - and the teams played at postseason intensity despite the calendar.

Tony Parker, who finished with 30 points for the Spurs, forced overtime, beating the buzzer with a 27-footer tying it at 95. He also opened the extra period with a 3 that turned out to be the Spurs' only bucket as San Antonio went 1 of 10 from the floor. Manu Ginobili missed a long 3 just before the buzzer.

NUGGETS 98, CAVALIERS 91

DENVER (AP) - Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, hitting a crucial 3-pointer in the waning seconds, and Denver rallied for the win after trailing for the most of the game.

Kosta Koufos added a career-high 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Nuggets withstand 22 turnovers, which matched a season high and led to 24 Cleveland points. It was the fourth win in a row for the Nuggets, who beat Cleveland for the 10th time in the last 13 meetings in Denver.

Kyrie Irving, playing despite an illness, scored 28 points to lead the Cavaliers. Dion Waiters had 18 points and Tristan Thompson 16.

WARRIORS 103, TRAIL BLAZERS 97

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 22 points, including two free throws with 16.4 seconds left, and the Warriors held off a late Portland charge.

David Lee added 24 points and 10 rebounds and helped shut down Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge in a matchup of two of the top power forwards in the Western Conference.

The Warriors led by 20 in the second half before Portland rookie and Oakland native Damian Lillard nearly rallied the Blazers. Lillard scored 17 of his career-high 37 points in the fourth quarter.

Wayne Rooney didn't need to cross midfield to score game-winner vs. Orlando

Wayne Rooney didn't need to cross midfield to score game-winner vs. Orlando

With temperatures pushing above 90 during DC United's game against Orlando on Wednesday, Wayne Rooney saved himself a few steps by scoring a goal - from beyond midfield.

“I thought it was nice and it was special to score the goal this evening. It’s something that I’ve practiced so many times," he said after his team's 1-0 win. " Different managers and teammates are like why are you practicing this, you won’t score from this position, but for nights like tonight that's why I do practice it.  It was a good strike and an important goal for us.”

The goal gave United a 1-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the first half - the only one they would need for the win. It was also a fitting moment for the anniversary week of when Rooney signed with the team in 2018.

“It’s been fantastic," he said of his time in the DC. "I’ve enjoyed my time here over the course of the year and there is still a lot more to come. We know we can play better.  First half we played well, second half we know we can do better, but the win was the important thing because we haven’t won in a few games in the league.  Winning today was the main thing.”

United's back in action on Saturday night against Toronto.

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Three numbers worth considering when looking at the Redskins and Trent Williams

Three numbers worth considering when looking at the Redskins and Trent Williams

It's certainly possible that the Redskins and Trent Williams fix their issues in the next few weeks, but as of now, it feels like late June and early July will be a period of silence for this storyline.

You can bet both sides are pondering their options, though, and will be considering just about everything when it comes to how they'll approach resolving the problem or moving on from one another.

With that in mind, here are three numbers that could very much factor into this dilemma and how it ultimately ends. 

687,500

The left tackle's base salary for the 2019 season is $11 million. When you divide that by 16, you'll arrive at how much he's slated to make per game for Washington this year: $687,500. 

It appears that Williams has most of the leverage as of now. The options behind him are quite dreadful (that'll be covered in the next number), the franchise just drafted their potential star QB and the offense will rely heavily on the running game. All of those are reasons why Washington should be looking to appease the Pro Bowler.

However, if the Redskins don't want to bend, they can merely wait No. 71 out and see how serious he is about his reported vow to never play in D.C. again.

It's a lot easier to take that stance in the summer, where at most he'll lose some dollars in fines for not showing up to offseason work. When he starts costing himself six figures a week, though, that could change his mindset very quickly. 

9.45

The 'Skins have other tackles on the roster, but obviously — really, really obviously — none of them look like close to suitable fill-ins for Williams. 

Ereck Flowers received much of the work at OTAs and minicamp at left tackle, and though he's supposed to be trying to transition to guard, he currently looks like he'd be in serious consideration to play there in the regular season if Williams doesn't show or is moved.

Well, during his time starting with the Giants (he finished 2018 with the Jaguars, but was with New York for three-plus campaigns), Flowers allowed a pressure on 9.45-percent of his pass blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. Since 2006, PFF has evaluated 275 offensive lineman with at least 1,800 pass blocking snaps. Flowers' pressure rate is the worst out of those 275. 

That's justtttttt a bit worrisome.

15

The first number is one that favors the organization, while the second is one that's advantageous to the player. This third one, meanwhile, affects both.

In the past four seasons, Williams has missed 15 contests. The soon-to-be 31-year-old has battled with numerous injuries as well as a drug suspension in that time, both of which have prevented him from always starting for the O-line. 

If the only solution to this thing is money, like many are suggesting, the Redskins have to decide how much they're willing to give him. Williams is still a force as a lineman, but he's aging and may simply be past the point of being able to string together a 16-game schedule. What price can they pay for that?

Williams, on the other hand, will look at that number as reason why he should hold out for more money and better medical treatment from Washington. The NFL is a league where guaranteed money is hard to come by and he's running out of it on his current deal. He won't want to risk getting hurt again before he has more cash on his side. 

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