Thunder Wrap Up West – NBA Roundup For April 16th
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have clinched the top seed in the NBA’s Western Conference playoffs.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points and keyed an 11-0 run that gave the Thunder a 24-point lead in the third quarter of a 104-95 triumph over Sacramento. Russell Westbrook had 21 points before getting ejected with about three minutes remaining in Oklahoma City’s fourth consecutive win.
In other NBA action, Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers to finish with 35 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 116-106. Gary Neal had 25 points and five assists and Patty Mills scored 23 points for the Spurs, who rested their key starters a night after losing to the Lakers.
Memphis got 64 points from its bench in a 103-97 victory at Dallas. Jerryd Bayless finished with 19 points as the Grizzlies kept alive their chance of hosting a first-round playoff series.
Denver has clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs after Ty Lawson drained a jumper in the lane with 9.3 seconds left in the Nuggets’ 12-111 win over Milwaukee. Lawson finished with 26 points and Wilson Chandler added 21 to help the Nuggets withstand Monta Ellis’ 38 points.
Utah kept its playoff hopes alive, pulling within one game of the eighth-place Lakers in the West by silencing Minnesota 96-80. Al Jefferson contributed 22 points and eight rebounds, while Mo Williams had 15 points and seven assists for the Jazz.
Norris Cole had 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, collected nine assists and stripped Kyrie Irving of the ball with 2.2 seconds left to give Miami a 96-95 win at Cleveland. The Heat played without LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade, Shane Battier (BAT’-ee-ay) and Udonis Haslem (yoo-DAH’-nihs HAZ’-lehm), because of injuries.
Andray Blatche (AHN’-dray blach) had 20 points and 11 rebounds in Brooklyn’s 106-101 win against Washington. Kris Humphries had 20 points and nine boards for the Nets, who trailed by 17 in the first half.
Carlos Boozer dropped in 22 points and Luol Deng (LOO’-ul dehng) added 18 as Chicago whipped Orlando 102-84 to snap a two-game skid.
Gerald Henderson scored 27 points and Kemba Walker added 23 in Charlotte’s 106-95 win over New York.
Detroit was a 109-101 winner over Philadelphia behind Greg Monroe’s 27 points and 16 rebounds.
Phoenix snapped a franchise-record seven-game home losing streak with a 119-112 victory over the Houston Rockets. The game was the Suns’ final home game of the season and leaves them with the second-worst home record in club history.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Collins has told the Philadelphia 76ers he will quit as head coach following this season with a year left on his contract. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that Collins informed ownership he’s not coming back for a fourth season on the bench.