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The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
The Thunder didn't have a game on either Saturday or Sunday, but notable games in the NBA came from the much-criticized Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the Washington Wizards 102-96 on Friday night, and the Philadelphia 76ers 111-98 on Sunday.
Other big games in the league included Saturday's 115-93 win for the surprising Golden State Warriors out of the Western Conference against the Eastern Conference up-start Atlanta Hawks. The New York Knicks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-102 on Saturday despite Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving scoring 41 points, and the Chicago Bulls held off the Brooklyn Nets, 83-82, at home.
On Sunday, the Portland Trail Blazers won their third straight thanks to a 95-94 victory against the New Orleans Hornets that came by way of a three-pointer by rookie guard Damian Lillard at the buzzer.