Westbrook leads Thunder past Lakers
OKLAHOMA CITY — NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook poured in 27 points and added 11 assists and Enes Kanter contributed 25 points and 16 rebounds as Oklahoma City rolled to its fourth straight victory, 127-117 over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kanter had a double-double in the first quarter with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Oklahoma City raced out to a 37-27 lead.
After trailing by 15 at the half, the Lakers closed to 70-61 before Westbrook scored twice in 15 seconds on his way to 14 third-quarter points.
The Thunder led 100-88 after three and played reserves most of the fourth quarter.
Jordan Clarkson scored 30 for the Lakers, who lost for the 10th time in their last 12 games.
MAVERICKS 101, SPURS 94: At Dallas, Monta Ellis matched his season high with 38 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the second half.
Ellis hit 16 of 27 field-goal attempts, bouncing back from his 4-for-22 performance Sunday in a loss at Phoenix. In three games this season against the Spurs, Ellis is averaging 34 points.
Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 19 points and Danny Green added 17.
The victory pulled Dallas within percentage points of sixth-place San Antonio in the Western Conference.
BUCKS 89, HEAT 88: At Milwaukee, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Milwaukee Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak with an 89-88 comeback victory in a key game for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Bayless missed on a drive down the lane, but Zaza Pachulia tapped the ball back out to Middleton, who buried the winner. He finished with 13.
It was a crucial victory for the Bucks, who improved to 35-36 to remain in sixth place in the conference, while the Heat fell to 32-38. The Bucks also swept the four-game season series with the Heat to ensure the tie-breaker between the teams.
Ilyasova had 19 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 16 for the Bucks, who won for just the fourth time in 18 games.
Wade had 21 points and Goran Dragic added 16 for the Heat.
PISTONS 108, RAPTORS 104: At Auburn Hills,Mich., Reggie Jackson had 28 points and nine assists and Andre Drummond added 21 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit.
Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope combined for 54 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in the game without committing a turnover.
DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost point guard Kyle Lowry to back spasms in the second quarter.
KINGS 107, 76ERS 106: At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 17 rebounds and the Kings dealt Philadelphia its 16th straight road loss.
The Kings limited Philadelphia to no field goals and three points in the final 6:12 of the game to register their first-three-game winning streak since late November.
Rudy Gay had 21 points and eight rebounds and Ray McCallum added 11 points for the Kings, who have a 7-11 record since George Karl began coaching the team in mid-February.
Robert Covington had five 3-pointers and scored 21 for the 76ers.