Feb 29, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday (11) passes the ball as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) defends during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Thunder defeated the Sixers 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced the top defense in the league, and beat the Philadelphia 76ers.
Russell Westbrook had 22 points and 13 assists, and Kevin Durant added 23 points, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the slipping Philadelphia 76ers on the road, 92-88. Owners of the league's No. 2 offense in the first half of the season, the Thunder was able to squeak by the league's top-rated defense, though Philadelphia's middling offense was the real key.
Philadelphia won its first game after the break, a Tuesday drubbing of the Pistons. But the loss to Oklahoma City marks the team's sixth loss in seven games.
The Thunder scored just 10 points in an awful third quarter, shooting a remarkable 2-for-20, with Westbrook, Durant and James Harden going a combined 0-for-11 in the period. But Philly was only able to score 19 of its own, and entered the fourth with just a four-point lead. Oklahoma City took over in the final period for the victory.
In other action:
Raptors 95, Hornets 84: DeMar DeRozan and Linas Kleiza led the Raptors in scoring with 21 apiece, but Amir Johnson had the most robust line -- seven points, seven rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals.
Grizzlies 96, Mavericks 85: Dallas is not exactly off to a great start in the second half, with back-to-back losses. Dirk Nowitzki played just 10 minutes (scoring one point) due to back soreness. Clearly, the Mavericks' offense is a mess without him.
Nuggets 104, Blazers 95: The schedule is getting Portland in trouble. The Blazers played well, but beating the Nuggets in Denver is always a tough task. Denver shot 48 percent in the win, with Ty Lawson racking up 18 points and nine assists.
Jazz 104, Rockets 83: Utah bounced back strong from its Tuesday loss to the Kings, while the Rockets couldn't continue their positive momentum. C.J. Miles had 27 off the bench for Utah, while Houston scorer Kevin Martin shot just 2-for-10.