Thun­der, Pel­i­cans go down to the wire

Los Angeles Times - - NBA -


Rus­sell West­brook scored 36 points Mon­day, and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers, 101-90, at Ok­la­homa City to keep its play­off hopes alive.

West­brook had picked up his 16th tech­ni­cal foul at In­di­ana on Sun­day, which would have been an au­to­matic one-game sus­pen­sion. But it was re­scinded by the NBA on Mon­day morn­ing, al­low­ing him to play in a cru­cial game for the Thun­der, which re­mained tied with New Or­leans for the eighth and fi­nal West­ern Con­fer­ence play­off spot.

Both teams are 44-37 with one game to play. The Thun­der plays at Min­nesota, the NBA’s worst team, on Wed­nes­day, while the Pel­i­cans are at home against San An­to­nio, sec­ond in the West and win­ner of 11 straight. New Or­leans owns the tiebreaker if the teams dead­lock in the stand­ings.

New Or­leans 100, at Min­nesota 88: An­thony Davis had 24 points, 11 re­bounds and six blocks to move the Pel­i­cans one step closer to a play­off berth. Zach LaVine, a rookie from UCLA, had 24 points for the Tim­ber­wolves (16-65), who fell be­low the New York Knicks (17-64) for the worst record in the league.

at Golden State 111, Mem­phis 107: The Grizzlies’ re­serves ral­lied fran­ti­cally in the fourth quar­ter, outscor­ing the War­riors 41-18, but Mem­phis still came up short in a loss that hurt its chances for home court in the first round. Golden State’s Klay Thomp­son scored 42.

Chicago 113, at Brook­lyn 86: The Bulls clinched home-court ad­van­tage in the first round in the East.

at Cleve­land 109, Detroit 97: LeBron James re­turned from a day off to record a triple-dou­ble (21 points, 11 as­sists, 10 re­bounds) as the Cava­liers tuned up for the play­offs.

Mil­wau­kee 107, at Philadel­phia 97: Michael Carter-Wil­liams had 30 points in his first game back in Philadel­phia with the Bucks.

Hous­ton 100, at Char­lotte 90: The Rock­ets (55-26) moved back into a tie with San An­to­nio atop the South­west Di­vi­sion.

at Miami 100, Or­lando 93: The Heat still has play­off hopes, need­ing a win Wed­nes­day at Philadel­phia and help in three other games.

New York 112, at At­lanta 108: Rookie Langston Gal­loway had a ca­reer­high 26 points as the Knicks stunned the East-lead­ing Hawks.

at Utah 109, Dal­las 92: Rudy Gobert had 20 points, 17 re­bounds and three blocks for the Jazz.

at Clip­pers 110, Den­ver 103 at Sacra­mento 102, Lak­ers 92

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