Basketball: Thunder edge out Clippers to hold on to 2nd place in the West
Published on Apr 10, 2014 5:28 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out six assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held on for a 107-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.
Kevin Durant added 27 points as Oklahoma City (57-21) took a 2.5-game lead over the Clippers for the second seed in the Western Conference play-off race. Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers (55-24), who lost for the second time in three games.
In the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a critical win for their play-off push, beating the Boston Celtics 105-97.
Jeff Teague recorded 19 points and eight assists, Kyle Korver added 17 and eighth-place Atlanta pushed their lead to two games over the idle Knicks with four games to play. Atlanta (35-43) play the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, before returning home against the Miami Heat in a preview of a potential first-round play-off match-up.