Russell Westbrook and Paul George each scored 24 points Matt Calvert Jersey , 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.
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
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Will Barton scored 31 points, Nikola Jokic had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Denver earned its fifth consecutive victory.
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
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Anthony Davis had 34 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, and New Orleans snapped a 10-game losing streak to Golden State.
The Pelicans beat the Warriors for the first time since April 7, 2015, in New Orleans Roberto Luongo Jersey , 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
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points to help San Antonio stop a two-game losing streak.
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
NEW YORK (AP) – Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 10 assists, and Milwaukee moved into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
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, who beat Miami 122-98 on Friday but fell short in their hopes of beating another playoff-bound team.
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CHICAGO (AP) – 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.
Marvin Lewis showed up for his first news conference as the Bengals head coach in 2003 wearing his Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl ring.
Every time he waved his right hand, the 200 diamonds gleamed yellow and white in the bright television lights.
It was more than an eye-catching fashion statement. Lewis was setting the bar high for himself and his team.
”It’s for a reason,” Lewis said. ”What I’m going to hammer home to our guys is that we’re not that far away.”
Fifteen years later, postseason success is even farther away for the Bengals, who haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season.
Yet Lewis is still in Cincinnati, getting another chance – his 16th and counting – to deliver on the optimism he flashed that January day so long ago. He has the second-longest current tenure in the NFL, trailing only New England’s Bill Belichick, who has won five Super Bowls.
It’s highly unusual for a coach to stay with any team so long, something that Lewis fully appreciates.
”I think a lot of people talk about it quite a bit,” Lewis said. ”I know coaches do. I think everybody aspires to do that.”
In the quick-to-change NFL Tyler Toffoli Jersey , it’s shocking for a coach to stay with a team so long with so little success. The Bengals have reached the playoffs seven times in Lewis’ 15 seasons, losing every time. They made the playoffs five straight seasons from 2011-15 and lost in the first round each time, setting an NFL record with their five straight quick exits.
Lewis’ 0-7 coaching mark in the playoffs is the worst for any coach in NFL history. Yet, he got a two-year contract extension at the end of last season from owner Mike Brown, who is averse to change and thinks Lewis has done a good job despite the results. The Bengals are coming off back-to-back losing seasons.
”We remember the five previous seasons we got to the playoffs,” Brown said. ”I don’t think there’s convincing evidence we can’t get the job done around here. I think it’s to the contrary. And we’ll see how it turns out.
”I put my bet down and I’m going to ride on it, and people can judge when it’s run its course.”
As another losing season wound down last year, Lewis was uncertain about whether he’d return. The Bengals beat the Lions and the Ravens to finish the season at 7-9, and Brown was convinced to stick with him for two more years.
”They were high-level teams giving it their best effort, and we beat both of them,” said Brown of two teams that finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. The Lions fired Jim Caldwell after the season.
The Bengals finished last in the league on offense – a franchise first – and the defense slipped to 30th in the league against the run, its worst ranking since 1998. Brown thinks the team came close to having a successful season, and he held his index finger and thumb a half-inch apart to make his point.
”Sometimes we fell short by about that far Kyle Turris Jersey ,” he said. ”Nobody wants to remember that, either. We know that we have to do better – believe, me, we know it. But I think we’re in the situation where we can rebound best, rebound quickest with Marvin.”
EIFERT OUT: Tight end Tyler Eifert was among a group of players who worked out on a side field Thursday while the rest of the team practiced. Eifert was limited to two games last season because of a recurring back problem that required surgery. He signed a one-year contract for 2018 and missed minicamp. Eifert declined to comment as he left the field. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict also worked out on the side field. He’ll miss the first four games of the season on a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancers.
NOT YET READY: Receiver Devonte Boyd, cornerback Davontae Harris, H-back Ryan Hewitt, guard Christian Westerman and safety Tyrice Beverette also are being held out of practice as they recover from injuries. In addition, the Bengals put offensive tackle Javarius Leamon on the list of players who didn’t report for camp, and they signed receiver Jared Murphy.
FIRST INJURY: Guard Rod Taylor injured his right knee during practice and was taken off the field on a cart. Taylor is a seventh-round pick from Mississippi.
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