An apparent hoax...Oklahoma City halts Denver...San Antonio routs Memphis

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 3:06 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 17 at 3:06 AM

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A story that Notre Dame Heisman finalist Manti Te'o's (MAN'-ty TAY'-owz) girlfriend had died of leukemia turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker. Calling it incredibly embarrassing to talk about, T'eo said in a statement Wednesday that he developed an emotional relationship with a woman he'd met online and maintained that relationship through computers and phones. He said it's painful and humiliating to realize he was the victim of what was apparently someone's sick joke and constant lies.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook poured in 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder halted the Nuggets' six-game winning streak by whipping Denver 117-97. Kevin Martin and Kevin Durant each had 20 points for the Thunder, who built a 16-point lead in the first quarter and led wire-to-wire for the second time this season. Oklahoma City improved to a league-best 31-8 and moved one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs remain two games behind Oklahoma City after Tony Parker's 17 points and 11 assists led a 103-82 rout of Memphis. Tim Duncan added 19 points for the Spurs, who shot 58 percent and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James contributed 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in just 30 minutes as Miami blasted Golden State 92-75. Dwyane (dwayn) Wade had 15 points, six assists, eight rebounds and five steals for the Heat, who led by 30 heading into the fourth quarter. The Heat lead the Eastern Conference by one game over the New York Knicks.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Defending champ Victoria Azarenka (az-ah-REHN'-kah) has cruised into the third round of the Australian Open, needing just 55 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-love victory. The top-ranked Azarenka stayed on track for a semifinal meeting with Serena Williams, who was a 6-2, 6-love winner in second-round action. Williams has dropped just two games in her two matches.

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