This season, the Sacramento Kings have televised over 20 live games in India, launched a website in Hindi, sent the Sacramento Kings Dancers to Mumbai and signed the team's first India-based sponsor.
Paul Pierce scored 22 points after another sensational start, helping the Nets move to the brink of a postseason spot by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 114-99 on Sunday for their club record-equaling 13th straight home victory.
The result moved the Clippers 3 games clear atop the Pacific Division, while the Thunder's lead in the Northwest was trimmed to 4-1/2 games ahead of Portland, which staged a creditable comeback win over Minnesota despite being without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge.
Patty Mills finished with 25 points and Tim Duncan had 19 points and 13 rebounds during a foul-plagued 38 minutes as San Antonio opened a 2-1/2 game lead over Houston in the Southwest Division.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 for the defending Pacific Division champions, who won 12 of their 18 games while Paul was sidelined with a separated right shoulder that occurred on Jan. 3 at Dallas. The seven-time All-Star point guard had seven points and eight assists in 23 minutes. DeAndre Jordan had 20 rebounds and 10 points, helping Los Angeles increase its division lead over idle Phoenix to four games.
DeMarre Carroll added 19 points and Pero Antic had 17 for the Hawks, who ended a nine-game losing streak against the Heat.
Jones had 25 points by halftime, matching his previous career-best set on Wednesday, and James Harden added 22 points.
Portland's Wesley Matthews scored 24 points as the Trail Blazers ended San Antonio's six-game winning streak and stayed ahead of Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division.
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 as the visitors came from 12 points down to tie the score entering the fourth quarter. The teams stayed within a basket after that until Jackson scored five points in a 7-0 run which gave the Thunder a 97-89 lead and they held on from there.
The Kings scored 16 straight points in the third quarter and led by 28 points heading into the fourth. The three-game winning streak is Sacramento's first since December 2012. The 44-point victory margin was the largest in the NBA this season, according to STATS.
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