NBA: Thunder grabs home-court edge

2013-04-05T00:00:00Z NBA: Thunder grabs home-court edgeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
April 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the San Antonio Spurs 100-88 on Thursday night.

Derek Fisher hit a season-high five three-pointers and had 17 points, his most since joining Oklahoma City in late February, while fueling a big first-half run that put the Thunder ahead to stay.

Oklahoma City still trails San Antonio by a half-game in the standings, but pulled even in the loss column and would control the tiebreaker if both teams won out because of a better record against the West.

Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and had double-doubles for the Spurs. Tony Parker had just two points in 25 minutes and did not play in the final 7 minutes with the game on the line.

The Thunder took control with a 26-5 surge that started midway through the first quarter, then fended off a series of comebacks as San Antonio tried to rally from 20 points behind in the first half and 14 down in the fourth quarter.

The Spurs got as close as 87-84 following Duncan's layup with 5:54 to play, at the end of a 13-2 run that featured three baskets by Boris Diaw.

Westbrook hit two free throws on two of Oklahoma City's next three possessions, and Durant's three-pointer from the top of the key provided some cushion at 94-86 with 3:17 left. The Spurs didn't make a basket over the final 4 1/2 minutes, getting only a pair of free throws from Leonard as he split on two trips to the line.

• Bulls 92, Nets 90: In New York, Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left, and Chicago overcame a 16-point deficit.

The Bulls shook off the absences of five key players to keep Indiana from clinching the Central Division title.

Deron Williams had 30 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who had a disappointing return home from an eight-game road trip.

• Nuggets 95, Mavericks 94: In Denver, Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow's last-second shot to preserve the Denver Nuggets' 19th straight home win. Ex-Arizona Wildcat Andre Iguodala's layup with 2.8 seconds put Denver ahead in a game that Dallas dominated.

The win was bittersweet, though. Denver's dreams of a deep playoff run might have taken a huge hit when they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like serious knee injury in the second quarter. Gallinari is scheduled for an MRI today.

Rim shots

• Starters LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers are all expected to be held from Miami's starting lineup at Charlotte tonight, and reserve guard Ray Allen may not play, either. James has a strained hamstring that first flared up in the New Orleans game last Friday. Chalmers and Wade are both dealing with ankle issues, and Allen sprained his ankle in Miami's loss to New York on Tuesday.

• While Heat star Chris Bosh was out celebrating his birthday Wednesday night, police said, thieves made off with about $340,000 in jewelry from his home. Miami Beach police spokesman Bobby Hernandez said the department received a call about 12:30 a.m. Thursday after Bosh and his wife, Adrienne, returned from the party at a bayside Miami nightspot. Hernandez said the couple noticed a jewelry drawer was open and watches, rings and purses were missing. There was no sign of forced entry.

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