NBA: Thunder win despite resting Westbrook after triple-double heroics, Lakers gain ground

Oklahoma City Thunder's Victor Oladipo (right) drives to the basket in front of Utah Jazz's Boris Diaw in a match on March 11.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Victor Oladipo (right) drives to the basket in front of Utah Jazz's Boris Diaw in a match on March 11.PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

(THE SPORTS XCHANGE) - Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, including the game-winning jumper with six seconds left, as Oklahoma City held off Minnesota 100-98.

Domantas Sabonis had 19 points as six players scored in double-figures for the short-handed Thunder, who were without star guard Russell Westbrook as he missed his first game of the season to rest.

Oklahoma City is the No. 6 seed in the West.

Kyle Singler tied a season-high with 11 points, and Norris Cole had 12 points off the bench for the Thunder, who were also without Andre Roberson (rest), Taj Gibson (rest), and Doug McDermott (knee soreness).

Gary Harris scored 20 points to lead Denver Nuggets over Dallas Mavericks in a 109-91 win that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo watched from the bench in a Mavericks uniform.

The Nuggets had four others score in double-figures - Mason Plumlee (16), Malik Beasley (16), Juan Hernangomez (14) and Jamal Murray (10).

Murray added 10 rebounds for Denver, who were eliminated from play-off contention on Sunday.

Dallas were without Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, and Seth Curry, while the Nuggets didn't suit up Danilo Gallinari, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton, and Jameer Nelson.

Metta World Peace scored 18 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended its winning streak to five games with a 108-96 victory over the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans.

Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram contributed 15-points apiece for the Lakers, who won five straight for the first time since the end of the 2012-13 regular season.

David Nwaba added 14 points for Los Angeles.

The Pelicans played without DeMarcus Cousins (right Achilles tendinitis), and Anthony Davis (left knee soreness).

Cheick Diallo came off the bench to score 19 points, and grab 11 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth consecutive contest.

Alexis Ajinca and Jrue Holiday each chipped in 14 points.

Ty Lawson scored 22 points, handed out 12 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds in what may have been his final home game with Sacramento as the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 129-104.

Rookie Buddy Hield led the Kings with a game-high 30 points, complementing Lawson's first career triple-double, and Sacramento concluded the debut season in its new arena by beating Phoenix for the third time in four meetings.

Tyler Ulis scored 27 points for the Suns, and Marquese Chriss added 22.