Thunder Pad Lead In East – NBA Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder padded their lead in the NBA's Western Conference by knocking off one of their closest competitors on the road.
Kevin Durant scored 36 points and Jeremy Lamb hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:38 left to lift the Thunder past Portland 98-95. Lamb's three put OKC ahead 96-95 with 1:38 remaining.
Lamb finished with 19 points and Durant grabbed 10 rebounds as the Thunder stretched their conference lead to four games over San Antonio and five games over the Trail Blazers. Reggie Jackson added 17 points, including two free throws in the final second before Damian Lillard missed a 3-point heave.
In other NBA finals:
— LeBron James rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 37 points and lead Miami's 103-97 triumph at Phoenix. Chris Bosh added 21 points and Mario Chalmers 13 for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade because of a migraine.
— Al Jefferson poured in 30 points and Anthony Tolliver added 22 as Charlotte ripped Dallas 114-89, ending the Mavericks' five-game winning streak. The Bobcats tied a season high with 12 3-pointers and beat Dallas for only the second time in their last 19 meetings.
— Joakim (JOH'-keem) Noah had a triple-double of 19 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists as Chicago beat Atlanta 100-85 to move back over .500. Taj Gibson chipped in a game-high 24 points on 12 of 19 shooting while grabbing 12 boards.
— Nick Calathes (kah-LAY'-thehs) and Marc Gasol (gah-SAHL') each scored 18 points to help Memphis overcome Bradley Beal's 37 points in a 92-89 win over Washington. The Grizzlies blew a 16-point lead before winning for the 13th time in their last 17 games.
— Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) scored 22 points and Cleveland avenged last month's 44-point loss to Sacramento by downing the Kings 109-99. Rookie Anthony Bennett recorded career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Dion Waiters added 20 points for the Cavaliers.
— Utah blew out the Los Angeles Lakers 96-79 behind Alec Burks' 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Gordon Hayward added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to the victory.