The Bulls pulled within one point early in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder reeled off a 13-0 run over a five-minute stretch in the middle of the fourth to help secure the eventual win. Kevin Durant dropped 35 points, 12 boards and five assists, and Westbrook came within inches of a triple-double, posting 17 points, nine rebounds and nine dimes.
The Clippers' 11-game winning streak has come to an end at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, 110-100. Los Angeles was without J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Darren Collison, and the Mile-High air was just too much on the second night of a back-to-back for as Denver stopped another big win streak for L.A.
J.J. Hickson went for 21 points off the bench and the entire starting lineup scored in double figures as the Nuggets have now taken games over the Miami Heat and Clippers in a three-game stretch (they lost on Saturday to the Hawks).
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Well that's a hell of a way to get back on track. Houston pummeled Utah, 124-86, on Monday night, ending their three-game losing streak and preventing any further slippage in the Western Conference standings.
And they did so without Dwight Howard, who was sitting this one out with an ankle injury. Terrence Jones went for 30 points and Patrick Beverley went for 19 and seven boards to help make up for his absence. The Rockets shot 58 percent from the floor, including 13-of-25 from three, to drop the lowly Jazz.
Nets 108, Suns 95
Deron Williams went for 28 points on just 13 shots, and the Nets continue their impressive play with a 108-95 win over the struggling Suns. At 24-10 since Jan. 1, Brooklyn has maintained the top record in the conference since the change in the calendar year.
Then there's Phoenix. The league's Cinderella story has dropped eight of its last 13 games and is slowly but surely falling out of the playoff picture as time winds down in the regular season. There's still time, but wins are becoming more difficult to come by for the Suns.
Oof, that was close, Dallas. The Mavericks managed to hold off the pesky Celtics, 94-89, and in doing so, managed to hang on to the seventh seed in the conference.
The Mavs (41-27) got 19 points from Dirk Nowitzki and 17 from Monta Ellis to hang on for the win when each and every one of them matter in a big way. Jerryd Bayless had 19 to lead the way for Boston, who is now 22-46 and sitting tied with the Jazz for fourth-worst record in the league.
It feels like it shouldn't be this difficult for a title-contending team to beat one of the worst teams in NBA history. The Pacers broke open a three-point game with less than two minutes remaining to pull out a 99-90 win over the 76ers and maintain their pace as the top team in the East.
Well that's a nice win for Atlanta. After dropping 14 of 15 games, the Hawks have now won four straight and are once again impacting the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff standings, especially after their 97-83 handling of the seventh-seed Bobcats.
Atlanta shot nearly 46 percent from the floor and held Charlotte to just 35 percent shooting while outrebounding them 51-42. The two teams are now tied in the loss column, with the Bobcats checking in at 33-35 and the Hawks in at 30-35 for seventh and eighth in the East, respectively.