Westbrook continues his All-Star play
OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook picked up right where he left off at the All-Star Game.
In his first outing since being voted All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook had 34 points and 10 assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Thursday night.
"Just trying to find my spots, just trying to find a way to be aggressive at all times, in attack mode," he said. "Keep putting pressure on the defense. That's my job."
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.
•PLEASE DON'T FOUL US: DeAndre Jordan collected 26 points and 18 rebounds and Chris Paul added 22 points and 16 assists to spark the host Los Angeles Clippers past the San Antonio Spurs 119-115. The Clippers shot well from the field (54.5 percent), but their tepid free-throw shooting (51.9) kept San Antonio in the game. The Spurs' Tim Duncan led all scorers with 30 points.
•BOSH HOSPITALIZED:Chris Bosh of the 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. Bosh is averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 rebounds this season. He signed a five-year contract worth just over $118 million last summer, and played Sunday night in the All-Star Game in New York — his 10th appearance in the NBA's showcase game.
•CAUSE OF DEATH: The Oregon state medical examiner said Thursday a blood clot had traveled from Jerome Kersey's left calf to his left lung, causing a pulmonary thromboembolism. Kersey, who averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 NBA seasons with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee, died Wednesday at 52.