Russell Westbrook scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25, and the Thunder seized control of the race for home-court advantage in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the San Antonio Spurs, 100-88, Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
Derek Fisher hit a season-high five 3-pointers and had 17 points, his most since joining Oklahoma City in February, while fueling a big first-half run that put the Thunder ahead to stay.
Oklahoma City still trails San Antonio by a half-game, but pulled even in the loss column and would control the tiebreaker if both teams won out because of a better record against the West.
Kawhi Leonard and Tim Duncan each scored 24 points and had double-doubles for the Spurs. Tony Parker, working his way back from a left ankle injury, had just 2 points in 25 minutes and did not play in the final seven minutes with the game on the line.
The Spurs got as close as 87-84 following Duncan’s layup with 5:54 left at the end of a 13-2 run. Westbrook hit two free throws on two of Oklahoma City’s next three possessions, and Durant’s 3-pointer from the top of the key provided some cushion at 94-86 with 3:17 left. The Spurs didn’t make a basket over the final 4½ minutes.
Nuggets 95, Mavericks 94 — Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow’s last-second shot to preserve Denver’s 19th straight home win. Andre Iguodala’s layup with 2.8 seconds left put Denver up in a game Dallas dominated.
The win was bittersweet, though. Denver’s dreams of a deep playoff run might have taken a huge hit when they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like a serious knee injury in the second quarter.
A source told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that Gallinari likely tore his ACL.
Gallinari is scheduled for an MRI on Friday, but if his screams of pain and the blank looks of his teammates after he went down with 4:27 left in the first half are any indication, the Nuggets will head into the playoffs without him.
Gallinari’s left knee buckled inward as he drove to the basket for a layup late in the first half. He gave up the ball, grabbed his knee, and hopped to the sideline, where he sat down, writhing in pain as Darren Collison scored at the other end for Dallas.
Gallinari, who had 9 points before getting hurt, is the Nuggets’ second-leading scorer at 16.3 points per game. Their top scorer, Ty Lawson (16.7) is out indefinitely with a tear in his bruised right heel.
Bulls 92, Nets 90 — Carlos Boozer had 29 points and 18 rebounds, Nate Robinson made the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left as Chicago overcame a 16-point deficit to beat host Brooklyn.
Jimmy Butler had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Luol Deng scored 18 points, and Robinson finished with 12 as the Bulls shook off the absences of five key players to keep Indiana from clinching the Central Division title. its won the last two years.
Deron Williams had 30 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who had a disappointing return home from an eight-game road trip. Brook Lopez finished with 28 points.
Chicago, which tied Atlanta for fifth place in the Eastern Conference, trails fourth-place Brooklyn by 1½ games in the standings. Boozer’s game was welcome for a thin Bulls front line without Taj Gibson, who is day to day with a left knee sprain he suffered Tuesday in Washington.