In the news:
Portland beats San Antonio in West showdown
LaMarcus Aldridge collected 26 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat San Antonio 109-100 in a matchup of the teams with the best records in the Western Conference.
The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge collected 26 points and 13 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat San Antonio 109-100 Friday night in a matchup of the teams with the best records in the Western Conference.
Matthews made 6 of 7 three-point attempts.
Damian Lillard added 21 points and eight assists for Portland (30-9).
“To beat the best team in the West on their floor — that sticks out,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
San Antonio (31-9) had its winning streak end at six.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 7:18 left in the third quarter after drawing two technical fouls during a timeout and Portland leading 65-55.
Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 29 points for San Antonio, which led 78-77 entering the fourth quarter.
Portland took the lead at 88-87 on Aldridge’s 16-foot jumper with 6:21 remaining.
Durant scores 54
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant scored a career-high 54 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Golden State Warriors 127-121.
Ex-Sonic Durant made 19 of 28 field goals and 11 of 13 free throws in his third straight game with at least 36 points.
Durant surpassed his previous high of 52 points, set Jan. 18 last year in a 117-114 overtime victory over Dallas. In that game, he was 13 of 31 from the field and made all 21 of his free throws.
Stephen Curry had 37 points and 11 assists for Golden State and Klay Thompson, a former Washington State standout, added 26 points.
BOSTON – Boston point guard Rajon Rondo returned from a knee injury and missed a three-pointer that could have sent the game into overtime, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a 107-104 victory over the Celtics.
Rondo was limited to 20 minutes in his first game since tearing a knee ligament Jan. 25, 2013.
Boston rookie Kelly Olynyk, a former Gonzaga standout, scored a career-high 25 points.
Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles.
• Blake Griffin scored 32 points, Jamal Crawford — a graduate of Rainier Beach High School in Seattle — added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers opened a seven-game trip by beating New York 109-95 for their fifth straight victory.
Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and 20 rebounds for the Knicks, but he was 4 for 23 from the field.
• LeBron James had 21 points and 10 assists as two-time defending champion Miami beat host Philadelphia 101-86 to end a three-game losing streak.
Tony Wroten Jr., a former Washington Husky, led the 76ers with 13 points.
• Trey Burke, who played college ball at Michigan, had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists to lead visiting Utah to a 110-89 victory over Detroit.
Marvin Williams of Bremerton added 17 points for the Jazz.
Rodney Stuckey, a former standout for Eastern Washington and Kentwood High in Covington, had 21 points for Detroit.
• Rookie Shane Larkin, son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, scored a career-high 18 points, including two free throws with 11.1 seconds to play, and Dallas beat host Phoenix 110-107.