2014 NBA scores: Thunder hold off Rockets in Oklahoma City fist-fight

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Spurs destroy Bulls in Chicago for seventh straight win.

The Thunder defeated the Rockets, 106-98, giving Oklahoma City its third win over Houston this year in a series between two teams that really don't seem to like one another.

Kevin Durant went for 42 points and Russell Westbrook put in 24, but this one was highlighted by the extracurricular activities on the court. Westbrook and Patrick Beverley got into it on several occasions, James Harden (who had 28 points) got in Steven Adams' face after the big man hit him in the chin, and Durant shoved Francisco Garcia when the two got tangled up late in the game.

Oklahoma snapped its two-game losing streak in this one to remain just a game back of San Antonio in the loss column. In case you missed it, here's a good rundown of some of the events that took place as well as some perspective.

Spurs 104, Bulls 96

This one wasn't QUITE as close as the final score indicated. The Spurs took it to the Bulls from the get-go, firing out to a 38-14 lead after one and 61-33 at the half on their way to a 104-96 victory after Chicago's bench made a late run.

Tony Parker outscored the Bulls, 16-14, on his own in this first on his way to 20 points and nine assists in just 24 minutes of action, and Manu Ginobili put in 22 points in only 21 minutes. Chicago did outscore San Antonio, 30-14, in the fourth quarter and pulled within 10 points in the final two minutes, but it wasn't able to make it all the way back before clipping the final deficit to eight points in the waning moments.

Here's a pretty good visual description of the Bulls' night:

Grizzlies 109, Trail Blazers 99

The Grizzlies continued to climb the playoff ladder on Tuesday, this time after a 109-99 win over the Trail Blazers. They've put themselves in a great position to make a move down the stretch of the season, and they're doing just that.

Marc Gasol had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Zach Randolph put in 18 points and 12 boards in the win. The Blazers, who have now dropped three straight, got 32 from Damian Lillard, but LaMarcus Aldridge struggled to score 19 on 23 shots.

Warriors 108, Mavericks 85

It was an important game for two teams near the bottom of the Western Conference playoff standings, so perhaps it's appropriate the home team managed to pull out the win. The Warriors took down the Mavericks in convincing fashion on Tuesday, 108-85.

Jordan Crawford exploded for 19 points on just 12 shots off the bench, as his contributions were quite valuable for a team whose starting point guard (Stephen Curry) is currently a little nicked up. Curry played just 22 minutes in this one. Monta Ellis went for 15 points and Dirk Nowitzki managed just 12 in a tough scoring night for the Mavs.

Pacers 94, Celtics 83

The losing streak is finally over! After four consecutive losses, Indiana bounced back to beat the Boston Celtics, 94-83, on Tuesday behind 24 points from David West, and Andrew Bynum chipped in eight points and 10 boards in his Pacers debut.

Indy managed to pull away in this one after the Celtics cut the lead to just one point midway through the fourth quarter to get the much-needed victory and keep pace with the Miami Heat. The two are currently locked in a dead heat atop the Eastern Conference.

Also, more missed dunks.


Timberwolves 112, Bucks 101

The Timberwolves kept their faint playoff hopes alive by coming from behind to beat the Bucks (yikes!), 112-101, in Minnesota. They're still five games back of that final spot out West, so it's going to take a whole lot of luck.

Kevin Love dropped 27 points, 10 boards and six assists, Kevin Martin racked up 26 and Ricky Rubio put in 11 points and 10 dimes in the win. Brandon Knight had 21 points for Milwaukee.

Pistons 99, Kings 89

You're never really sure what you'll get from Detroit, but it put on a solid performance in a 99-89 win over the Kings on its home floor behind 24 points and eight boards from Josh Smith. Rodney Stuckey dropped in 23 points off the bench, as well.

The Pistons shot 44 percent from the floor, including 39 percent from deep, while the Kings scored at just a 40 percent clip. Rudy Gay had 20 points for Sacramento, and DeMarcus Cousins struggled to score with just 13 points on 15 shots. But he did manage 14 boards and six blocks.

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