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Thunder hold off Australia's Melbourne United 86-85

The Associated Press — By CLIFF BRUNT - AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Josh Huestis had two massive blocked shots in the final seconds to help the star-studded Oklahoma City Thunder hold off Melbourne United 86-85 in an exhibition game Sunday.

Huestis blocked Josh Boone's shot out of bounds, then blocked Casey Prather's shot to clinch the win for the Thunder.

Casper Ware Jr. scored 20 points, Boone added 15 and Prather had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Melbourne, a member of the Australia and New Zealand-based National Basketball League.

Oklahoma City's All-Star trio shot poorly. Paul George had 22 points on 5-for-17 shooting, Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Russell Westbrook scored nine points, going 3 for 10.

Ware made a 3-pointer to tie the score at 80 but the Thunder responded with a 6-0 run that gave them the cushion to hold on.

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