Westbrook's best not enough
INDIANAPOLIS – Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points Sunday night, but Indiana fended off his late charge for a critical 116-104 victory over Oklahoma City.
C.J. Miles matched his season high with 30 points to lead Indiana (37-43) to its fifth straight win and into a tie with Brooklyn for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Nets own the tiebreaker.
The Thunder (43-37) lost for the fifth time in six games despite a near triple-double from Westbrook. Oklahoma City is tied with New Orleans for the No. 8 seed in the West.
•BUCKS GET IN: The host Milwaukee Bucks clinched a playoff spot with a 96-73 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Milwaukee secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, a year after a franchise-worst 67-loss season.
•CELTICS KEEP HEAT ON: The Boston Celtics moved closer to a playoff berth with a 117-78 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
•TEXAS HEAT: The host Spurs won their 11th in a row, 107-91 over Phoenix, and took over second place in the Western Conference.
•WIZARDS' PEAK: John Wall's 24 points led the Wizards (46-34) to a 108-99 victory over Atlanta and their highest win total in more than 30 years.
•HOT HAND IN HOUSTON: The host Rockets rode James Harden's 35th 30-point game — exactly 30 this time — of the season to a 121-114 victory over the Pelicans.