Westbrook shines as Thunder bring down Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) defends during the first quarter at Staples Center. Photo by Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.
Thunder 107, Clippers 101
Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Durant added 27 points as Oklahoma City (57-21) took a 2.5-game lead over the Clippers for the second seed in the Western Conference playoff race.
Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers (55-24), who lost for the second time in three games.
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Bobcats 94, Wizards 88
Al Jefferson had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Kemba Walker scored five of his 17 points in overtime as the streaking Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Washington Wizards for their fifth straight win.
Gary Neal scored 16 points for the Bobcats (40-38), who pulled even with the Wizards (40-38) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference despite guard John Wall's triple-double.
Charlotte blew a 20-point lead and needed Jefferson's layup with 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
Wall finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.
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Bulls 102, Timberwolves 87
Chicago forward Joakim Noah delivered his fourth triple-double game of the season and team mate D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench to lead the Bulls to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The victory was the Bulls' sixth in a row.
Noah's 15-point, 13-rebound, 10-assist night kept Chicago (46-32) firmly entrenched in their fourth-place position in the Eastern Conference.
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Trail Blazers 100, Kings 99
Dorell Wright's three-point shot with 7.6 seconds remaining gave the Portland Trail Blazers a victory over Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento guard Ray McCallum's 20-foot shot bounced off the front rim as time expired, sending the Kings to their fourth straight defeat.
With the win, the Trail Blazers (51-28) moved two games ahead of Golden State in the battle for the West's fifth seed.