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In Brief: Russell Westbrook’s big night helps OKC sink Mavs

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 34 points and 10 assists as Oklahoma City moved into a tie for the West’s final playoff spot. (Associated Press)
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 34 points and 10 assists as Oklahoma City moved into a tie for the West’s final playoff spot. (Associated Press)

NBA: Russell Westbrook had 34 points and 10 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

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.

The Thunder rolled, despite just 12 points from Kevin Durant.

Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and Tyson Chandler added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Mavericks, who shot a season-low 36.3 percent from the field. Dallas point guard Rajon Rondo returned after missing six games with broken bones in his face. He finished with five points and six assists in 30 minutes.

• Clippers edge Spurs: DeAndre Jordan had 26 points and 18 rebounds, Jamal Crawford added 26 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat visiting San Antonio 119-115, increasing their lead over the Spurs to 1 1/2 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, but they got no closer.

• Bosh has medical tests: Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat underwent testing at a hospital to assess a medical issue related to the area around his lungs, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

Miami plays at New York tonight. Bosh did not fly with the team Thursday.

Goosen, Singh tied for lead at Riviera

Golf: Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh, among the top five players in the world a decade ago, were part of a five-way tie for the lead in the Northern Trust Open in what amounted to “throwback Thursday” at Riviera in Los Angeles.

Singh and Goosen both shot 66, and were joined by Pebble Beach runner-up Nick Watney, James Hahn and Daniel Summerhays.

Carlos Ortiz shot a 67. Geoff Ogilvey and Justin Thomas were among those at 68.

• Lee on top at Aussie: South Korea’s Ilhee Lee shot a 5-under 68 in calm morning conditions at Royal Melbourne to take a one-stroke lead in the Women’s Australian Open.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn was a stroke back.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, playing her second tournament as No. 1 player in the world, was another stroke back at 70 along with Canada’s Alena Sharp and South Korea’s Kwak Min-seo.

• Woods out of Honda: Tiger Woods will not be playing the Honda Classic next week.

Woods said last week his game was not acceptable for tournament golf and that he would not play again until he felt like it was.

No. 16 Terps survive scare from Nebraska

Men’s basketball: Melo Trimble scored 26 points, including a pair of pivotal 3-pointers down the stretch, and No. 16 Maryland squeezed past Nebraska 69-65 in College Park, Maryland, in the first meeting between the teams.

Dez Wells and Jake Layman each scored 14 for the Terrapins (22-5, 10-4 Big Ten), who were locked in a tie game with 5:38 left before Trimble took over.

The Terrapins have won their last three games by a total of 11 points and are 8-0 in games decided by six points or fewer.

• SMU stymies Temple: Nic Moore scored 18 points, and No. 21 SMU rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat Temple 67-58 in Dallas, snapping the Owls’ seven-game winning streak.

Ryan Manuel hit a tying 3-pointer and added another to cap a 7-0 run that broke a 52-52 tie and sent the American Athletic Conference-leading Mustangs (22-5, 13-2 AAC) to their 20th win in 22 games. The Mustangs outscored the Owls 15-6 in the final four minutes.

Will Cummings had 14 points to lead Temple (19-8, 10-4).

Officers testify against Hernandez

Miscellany: Three state troopers testified in Fall River, Massachusetts, about evidence they collected in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, including a digital scale with a dish that included a residue of marijuana.

Hernandez is charged in the June 2013 death of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

Troopers also testified regarding a safe, Hernandez’s cell phone, a digital recorded with surveillance video, and four pairs of Nike Air Jordan sneakers. Prosecutors have said a footprint from an Air Jordan was found at the scene.

• Young advances at Delray: Donald Young reached his third quarterfinal in four ATP events this year with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia at the Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, Florida.

Young will play third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov for a spot in the semifinals. Dolgopolov beat American Tim Smyczek 6-2, 6-4 to reach his first quarterfinal of the year.


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