Westbrook keeps Thunder in playoff spot chase
OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and handed out 10 assists as Oklahoma City held off the Sacramento Kings 116-103 to remain even with New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City led by as many as 13 in the first half, but the Kings fought back to tie the score 72-72 late in the third quarter. Westbrook hit a three-pointer and a driving layup to put the Thunder back in front for good.
Anthony Morrow helped put the game away with a pair of fourth-quarter three-point shots as Oklahoma City broke a four-game losing streak.
Enes Kanter added 25 points, Dion Waiters 22 and Morrow 19 for the Thunder.
Sacramento got 20 points from Ben McLemore.
•LEANING ON DAVIS: Anthony Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the host New Orleans Pelicans to a 90-75 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Eric Gordon scored 15 points and Omer Asik had a season-high 18 rebounds for the Pelicans. Eric Bledsoe led Phoenix with 19 points.
•STILL IN PLAYOFF RACE: Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points, including three consecutive jumpers down the stretch, and the Indiana Pacers kept up their playoff push with a 107-103 victory over the Pistons in Detroit. Indiana has won four in a row and is one game behind Brooklyn and Boston for the last two Eastern Conference playoff spots. All three teams won on Friday.
•BUCKS ON DOORSTEP OF BERTH: Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup with 23 points and moved the Milwaukee Bucks to the verge of a playoff spot with a 99-91 victory over the host New York Knicks. The Bucks lowered their magic number to one for clinching a playoff berth, which would complete a remarkable turnaround from an NBA-worst 15-67 record last season.
•CELTICS TOP CAVS: Marcus Smart scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics maintained their grip on a playoff spot by holding off the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers 99-90. The Celtics had five players score in double figures. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points, Avery Bradley 15 and Tyler Zeller 13.