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Thunder beat Kings; weakened Cavs loses to Clippers

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Author: APSun, 2017-03-19ID: 1489918319834413400OKLAHOMA CITY: Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94 on Saturday.The Thunder won their fifth straight — the longest current streak in the NBA — and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against Cleveland later Saturday.Westbrook had a triple-double in each of the first four games of the streak to raise his season total to 34. He needs seven more in Oklahoma City’s final 13 games to tie Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season record, set during the 1961-62 season.Georgios Papagiannis had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.CLIPPERS 108, CAVALIERS 78: Blake Griffin scored 23 points as Los Angeles capitalized on the Cavaliers’ decision to rest their top three players with an easy victory over Cleveland.LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat out for the Cavaliers and the Clippers snapped their three-game losing streak by feasting on the defending champions’ supporting cast.J.J. Redick added 16 points for the Clippers, who rested Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan for the entire fourth quarter while their reserves turned a comfortable win into a blowout.Griffin sat out Thursday’s loss at Denver to rest and he poured in 13 points in the third quarter while Los Angeles pulled away.Richard Jefferson scored 12 to lead the Cavs in their lowest-scoring game of the season.GRIZZLIES 104, SPURS 96: Mike Conley had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Zach Randolph added 18 points as Memphis extended its winning streak to four by beating San Antonio.The Grizzlies held an 89-86 lead with 5:45 left then went on a 9-1 rally to match their biggest advantage of the game at 98-87 on a three-point play by Marc Gasol with 2:30 left.Not long afterward, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sent his reserves in.Gasol had 16 points and seven assists for Memphis.Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and nine rebounds. San Antonio lost its second straight.ROCKETS 109, NUGGETS 105: James Harden scored 40 points and finished with a triple-double as Houston snapped Denver’s four-game winning streak.Harden, who shook off a hard fall in the third quarter, had 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He scored 40 points for the second consecutive night.With his team trailing 107-105, Nuggets guard Will Barton missed a 3-pointer and a layup in the final 30 seconds. Denver also missed five free throws late in the game, two by Barton.Nene, who played the first decade of his 14-year NBA career in Denver, had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Rockets.Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 17 points.Harden scored 18 points in the third quarter, including Houston’s final 16 of the period. He capped the run with a buzzer-beating 3 that gave the Rockets an 80-74 lead.WARRIORS 117, BUCKS 92: Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers as Golden State overcame a sluggish start to beat Milwaukee.Draymond Green added eight points, eight rebounds and 10 assists, Klay Thompson scored 21 and Matt Barnes made back-to-back 3s to spark a big run in the second quarter and help the Warriors complete a season sweep of the Bucks.Golden State improved to an NBA-best 55-14 with its second straight win by 25 points or more. It was also the Warriors’ third consecutive victory overall following a season-high three-game losing streak.The win followed news that All-Star Kevin Durant, out since spraining a knee ligament on Feb. 28, has progressed to taking jump shots, an encouraging sign for a team trying to hold onto the top spot in the West.BULLS 95, JAZZ 86: Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and Bobby Portis added a career-high 22 in Chicago’s victory over Utah.In their second game without Dwyane Wade, who will miss the remainder of the season with a broken elbow, the Bulls leaned on their second team. Denzel Valentine, who had his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.George Hill scored 18 points for the Jazz, and Gordon Hayward added 14. Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.Valentine’s 3-pointer gave the Bulls a 75-73 lead with 7:21 remaining. Chicago never trailed again, scoring 34 points in the final quarter.HORNETS 98, WIZARDS 93: Cody Zeller scored 19 points as Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Washington.Kemba Walker had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds as the Hornets handed the Wizards their second straight defeat.The Hornets limited the Wizards to 37 percent shooting from the field.John Wall had 19 points and eight assists for the Wizards and Bradley Beal scored 18.Charlotte entered the night 4½ games back of Miami for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 14 games remaining.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, HAWKS 97: Damian Lillard scored 27 points as Portland took control with a dominant opening quarter to beat Atlanta.C.J. McCollum had 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 16 for Portland, which raced out to a 17-3 lead and never trailed.The Trail Blazers, who have won seven of nine, began the night 2½ games behind Denver for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.The Hawks have lost three straight, including the last two at home.Atlanta held out four-time All-Star forward Paul Millsap after he experienced tightness in his left knee during pregame warmups. Ersan Ilyasova, who started for Millsap, had 23 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22.
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