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NBA Scores And More: Thunder Send Lakers To Fifth Straight Loss, Heat Cut Down Celtics

The Lakers have lost five straight, as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant pushed the Thunder ahead late. In other action, the Heat (finally) beat the Celtics and the Bulls are gunning for the No. 1 seed overall.

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Thunder Vs. Lakers: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Stick It To Skidding L.A. In Oklahoma City Win

The Oklahoma City Thunder gave the Los Angeles Lakers a minor spook in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, refusing to get out of the way until the final moments of Game 6 at the Ford Center. If the teams happen to meet again in 2011 -- in the second round or Western Conference Finals -- OKC made sure the Lakers know the young team is ready to win this time.

The Thunder earned their first-ever victory against the Lakers in L.A. on Sunday, with a 120-106 nightcap. The Lakers led in the fourth quarter; in fact, the teams traded small leads all throughout the period. But the Thunder went on an unrelenting 15-0 run with three minutes remaining to excuse the two-time defending champs. The run included an icy four-point play from Russell Westbrook to essentially clinch the game, as well as five sloppy turnovers from the Lakers, who had just one through three quarters and nine in the fourth.

Westbrook finished with 26 points, six in that great run. Kevin Durant scored 31, including eight in the back half of the fourth. Kobe Bryant, who had three of those late turnovers, scored 31 on 10-19 shooting, and Pau Gasol tallied 26. Kendrick Perkins has become OKC's big talker, but he didn't have a strong game. That said, the Thunder's defense performed much better than that of L.A.

The Thunder still have a shot at catching the Lakers in the standings ... if the Mavericks don't do it first. L.A. and Dallas are tied, but by virtue of a division championship, the Lakers have the advantage. L.A. faces San Antonio on Tuesday. With the Bulls chasing the Spurs for the top record overall, S.A. could be playing to win, putting the Lakers of a sixth straight loss.


Celtics Vs. Heat: LeBron James, Miami Make Statements In Chippy Win

We were blessed that the final game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics actually meant something; typically this late-season battles between elite teams feature just one squad playing for something, and the other prepping for the postseason. But with Boston and Miami locked in a battle for the No. 2 seed in the East -- and home court advantage in the second round -- Sunday's pairing in South Beach meant quite a bit. And the Celtics and Heat sure played like it.

Well, the C's played like it for about a half. Miami took a 100-77 win, its first against Boston this season. The Heat led by seven at halftime and 15 after the third as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Zydrunas Ilgauskas helped Miami to a 27-point third period. Boston's offense struggled as it did Thursday against the Bulls, with the C's coughing up 19 turnovers and only grabbing three offensive rebounds. Miami, by contrast, had 15 offensive rebounds, many in the first half. Bosh had five, Ilgauskas and Joel Anthony had four each. (Kendrick Perkins, by the way, is one of the best defensive rebounders in basketball.)

Jermaine O'Neal was a complete zero, from his zero points to his zero rebounds to zero blocks and steals. He had one assists, one turnover and four fouls in 14 minutes. Oh, and one skirmish with LeBron.

So it wasn't a complete zero.


Bulls Vs. Magic: Derrick Rose Pushes Chicago On Both Ends, Registers Win

Faced with the option of chasing the San Antonio Spurs for the No. 1 record in the entire league or resting in advance of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Chicago Bulls saw Derrick Rose played 37 minutes, Luol Deng play 39 and Carlos Boozer play 34 against the Orlando Magic on Sunday. That means Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls are serious about at least grabbing a share of the top record, which would lead to a random draw for home court advantage in the NBA Finals, should the Bulls and Spurs each make it.

Yes, the Chicago Bulls are playing for home court advantage in the NBA Finals and nothing else during the final week of the season. It's something amazing.

As is Rose. The presumptive MVP had a marvelous performance Sunday, scoring 39 points on 13-17 shooting in Chicago's 102-99 win. The Magic were missing Dwight Howard, who served his suspension for his 18th technical foul, but got a huge game from Ryan Anderson, one of the top per-minute producers in the league. Anderson, a stretch-4, had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

Jameer Nelson hit a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer, but official review found the ball to be in Nelson's hands about a tenth of a second after the buzzer went off. Rose was defending. It's been that kind of season for the kid.

In other action:

Grizzlies 111, Hornets 89: New Orleans took the evening off on defense, allowing Memphis to shoot 60 percent for the game. Chris Paul was held scoreless for the first time in his career. The Blazers are now the favorites for the No. 6 seed, and the Hornets maintain a small edge for No. 7.

Mavericks 115, Suns 90: Are the Dallas Mavericks back, just in the nick of time? Big D's defense was solid, and the offense got good contributions from multiple players, including Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic and Jose Barea off the bench.

Knicks 110, Pacers 109: Amar'e Stoudemire rested, but Carmelo Anthony played and dominated with 34 points. He also scored the go-ahead basket (a jumper with five seconds left) and blocked Danny Granger's final attempt. New York is quietly smoking after that awful stretch of play.

Kings 104, Warriors 103: If Marcus Thornton were a Mortal Kombat character, he would be Sub-Zero. The man shoots ice everywhere.

Pistons 112, Bobcats 101: Rodney Stuckey had 24 points and 11 assists off the bench, continuing to confuse everyone as to whether he's a valuable young guard.

Raptors 99, Nets 92: Brook Lopez was a monster (35 points, 11 rebounds) without Deron Williams or Kris Humphries, but Toronto's well-rounded assault won out. Reggie Evans was the only T-Dot starter who didn't score at least 18.

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