Westbrook leads Thunder by Clips


Oklahoma City has its starting five back together just in time for the playoffs. Their weeks apart didn’t hurt their defense at all.

Russell Westbrook scored 30 points in his return to the lineup, Kevin Durant added 27, and the Thunder held off the Los Angeles Clippers 107-101 on Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview.

Serge Ibaka came up with a big block of J.J. Redick’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and added 15 points for the Thunder, who had their starting lineup 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. He grabbed two key rebounds after Ibaka’s block and made two free throws in the closing seconds.

“To win big games, you got to do the little things. We did all those things,” Westbrook said. “We’re an older group. We’ve been together for some years. Once these guys get their legs under them, we’re going to be in good shape.”

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.

Los Angeles rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth to twice get within a point, but the Clippers’ only lead was by one point in the first quarter. Pacers 104, Bucks 102

In Milwaukee, Chris Copeland’s driving layup with 1.2 seconds remaining gave Indiana a victory over Milwaukee that moved it back into first place in the Eastern Conference. Grizzlies 107, Heat 102

In Memphis, Zach Randolph had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 14 rebounds and the Grizzlies kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory over Miami.

LeBron James led the Heat with 37 points. Bobcats 94, Wizards 88 (OT)

In Washington, Kemba Walker made the only field goal for either team in overtime, and Charlotte won its fifth straight and moved into position for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Wizards. Cavaliers 122, Pistons 100

In Cleveland, Dion Waiters scored 22 points and the Cavaliers played one of their best games this season, routing Detroit before being eliminated from the playoff chase. Hawks 105, Celtics 97

In Atlanta, Jeff Teague scored 19 points, Kyle Korver added 17 and the Hawks helped their playoff chances with a victory over Boston. Trail Blazers 100, Kings 99

In Portland, Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the Blazers held off late-charging Sacramento. Bulls 102, Timberwolves 87

In Minneapolis, D.J. Augustin scored 21 points and Joakim Noah posted his league-leading fourth triple-double of the season, leading Chicago over Minnesota. Suns 94, Pelicans 88

In New Orleans, Gerald Green scored 21 points as Phoenix won its third straight. Nuggets 123, Rockets 116

In Denver, Randy Foye scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, and the Nuggets hung on to beat Houston. Raptors 125, 76ers 114

In Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Raptors over Philadelphia, less than three days after he was charged with drunk driving. Magic 115, Nets 111

In Orlando, Arron Afflalo scored 25 points and the Magic held on to defeat Brooklyn.