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NBA capsules: Russell Westbrook, Thunder beat Rockets 108-102

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is fouled by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston. (Michael Wyke / Associated Press)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is fouled by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston. (Michael Wyke / Associated Press)

Russell Westbrook and Paul George each scored 24 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder used a timely fourth-quarter run to pull away for a 108-102 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night in Houston.

The Thunder were down one with about seven minutes left before scoring the next 11 points.

Oklahoma City is vying with several teams for the final playoff spots in the loaded Western Conference. The victory gives the Thunder a 2-1 win in the season series and snaps the Rockets’ 20-game home winning streak.

James Harden had 26 points for Houston, and Chris Paul added 17.

Nuggets 134, Clippers 115: Will Barton scored 31 points, Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Denver earned its fifth consecutive victory, defeating the Clippers at Los Angeles.

Denver (45-35) pulled into a tie with Minnesota for eighth in the Western Conference with two games to play. The Nuggets visit the Timberwolves for their season finale on Wednesday night.

Lou Williams scored 24 points for the Clippers (42-38), who were eliminated from playoff contention. DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 17 rebounds.

Pelicans 126, Warriors 120: Anthony Davis had 34 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, and New Orleans snapped a 10-game losing streak to Golden State, defeating the Warriors in Oakland, California.

The Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time since April 7, 2015, in New Orleans, and at Oracle Arena for the first time since April 24, 2012.

Golden State star Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 41 points in the third quarter. Durant also finished with 10 rebounds and five assists.

Quinn Cook, who has been an admirable fill-in for the injured Stephen Curry after his promotion from the G League, added 21 points in the Warriors’ final regular-season home game.

Nikola Mirotic had 28 points for the Pelicans, and Rajon Rondo dished out 17 assists.

Spurs 116, Trail Blazers 105: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points to help San Antonio stop a two-game losing streak, defeating Portland in San Antonio.

The Spurs (46-34) are tied with Oklahoma City and New Orleans for fifth in the Western Conference, a half-game back of idle Utah.

San Antonio can clinch a playoff spot with a victory over visiting Sacramento on Monday.

Portland (48-32) dropped its third consecutive game and missed out on an opportunity to clinch home-court advantage in the first round. Damian Lillard had 33 points for the Trail Blazers, and Evan Turner finished with 18.

Bucks 115, Knicks 102: Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 10 assists, and Milwaukee moved into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference by defeating the Knicks in New York.

Khris Middleton also scored 22 points for the Bucks, who joined Miami with a 43-37 record. The Heat were blown out by the Knicks at Madison Square Garden a night earlier but the Bucks avoided the same fate despite playing without All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo because of a sore right ankle.

Jabari Parker made his second start of the season in Antetokounmpo’s place and finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Jarrett Jack scored 18 points and Kyle O’Quinn had 15 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks.

Nets 124, Bulls 96: Quincy Acy scored 21 points, and Brooklyn set a franchise record by making 24 3-pointers.

The Nets finished one 3-pointer shy of the NBA record set last season by Cleveland. Acy made six 3s, and Allen Crabbe hit 5 of 13 from deep on his way to 20 points.

Brooklyn got its fourth road win in its last five games.

Sean Kilpatrick led Chicago with 20 points, and Bobby Portis had 18 points and eight rebounds.


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