Westbrook leads Thunder past Mavs
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook picked up right where he left off at the All-Star Game.
In his first outing since being voted All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook had 34 points and 10 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Thursday night.
"Just trying to find my spots, just trying to find a way to be aggressive at all times, in attack mode." he said. "Keep putting pressure on the defense. That's my job."
Serge Ibaka had 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds and reserve guard Anthony Morrow added 16 points for the Thunder, who won for the sixth time in seven games. They moved into a tie with Phoenix for eighth place in the Western Conference.
"We can't look at the standings after every win, after every loss," Thunder forward Kevin Durant said. "We've just got to keep playing. We've got 28 games left. We've just got to focus on those. Just continue to trust in the process and everything will be all right."
The Thunder rolled despite getting just 12 points from Durant in 37 minutes. He continues to have pain in the right foot he injured earlier in the season.
"It's tough, but I'll figure it out," he said. "I've just got to get through it, just keep getting treatment. Talk to the trainers tomorrow and see what we can do to make it better. We'll see."
Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and Tyson Chandler added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks.
CLIPPERS 119, SPURS 115: At Los Angeles, DeAndre Jordan had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Jamal Crawford added 26 points and Los Angeles increased its lead over the Spurs by 1 ½ games in the West.
Chris Paul had 22 points and 16 assists, and the Clippers outscored the Spurs 56-46 in the paint despite the absence of Blake Griffin, who is recovering from right elbow surgery.
Crawford and Paul came up with huge baskets in the final 32 seconds, with the Clippers clinging to one-point leads both times. Crawford took a pass from Paul and made a 3-pointer from the right corner.
Marco Belinelli answered with a 3 that drew the Spurs to 115-114.
Paul hit a 16-footer with 8 seconds to go that kept the Clippers ahead by three. J.J. Redick made a pair of free throws to close out the win.