Westbrook gets reprieve, scores 36
OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook made the most of his second chance, collecting 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, and the Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 101-90 on Monday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Westbrook almost didn't get to play. He picked up his 16th technical at Indiana on Sunday. The automatic one-game suspension that usually accompanies that number would have kept him out. "I'm just happy mine got rescinded," Westbrook said.
•AND IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, THEY RESTED: Klay Thompson scored 26 of his 42 points in a sensational second quarter, and the Golden State Warriors beat the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies 111-107 in Oakland, Calif. The All-Star guard finished 15-for-21 from the field, including 8-for-10 from three-point range, to help the top-seeded Warriors (66-15) tune up for the playoffs with another impressive performance. Golden State led by 32 points in the third quarter before resting its regulars.
•DON'T CALL HIM RUSTY: LeBron James returned to the court after sitting out one game and recorded a triple-double as the host Cleveland Cavaliers dumped the Detroit Pistons 109-97. James had 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes.