Thunder holds off Clippers, ties series
Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview.
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview.
Serge Ibaka added 15 points for the Thunder, which had its starting five together for just the second time since Christmas Day. Westbrook had sat out two of the previous three games and has missed 34 games this season with a variety of injuries.
Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 25 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who could have owned the tiebreaker over the Thunder if they had won. Instead, the teams split their season series 2-2.
MILWAUKEE — Chris Copeland’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave the Indiana Pacers a 104-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks and moved them back into first place in the East.
Copeland finished with a season-high 18 points. Luis Scola also recorded a season high with 24 points and Evan Turner added 23 for Indiana, which benched all of its usual starters for the entire game to rest them.
Indiana moved a half-game ahead of the Heat heading into Friday’s matchup in Miami.
• Dorell Wright hit a three-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the host Portland Trail Blazers beat the late-charging Sacramento Kings 100-99. The Blazers, who have won six of seven, are fifth in the Western Conference with three games left.
• Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the host Memphis Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a 107-102 victory over Miami. LeBron James led the Heat with 37 points.
• Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and the Charlotte Bobcats won their fifth straight and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 94-88 win over the host Washington Wizards.
• Dion Waiters scored 22 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers played one of their best games this season, routing Detroit 122-100 before being eliminated from the playoff chase.
• Jeff Teague scored 19 points and the host Atlanta Hawks increased their lead to two games over the New York Knicks for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot by beating Boston 105-97. Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma finished with 24 points for Boston.