The Oklahoma City Thunder (57-21) have their starting 5 at full strength for the playoffs, and they did a superb job in defeating the LA Clippers (55-24) by a 107-101 score on Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Guard Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder in scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin scored 30 points with 12 rebounds. Center DeAndre Jordan scored 10 points with 12 rebounds. Guard Chris Paul scored 25 points with 8 assists. Darren Collison scored 12 points.
Sacramento Kings 99
Portland Trail Blazers 100
Portland Trail Blazers (51-28) forward Dorrell Wright hit a beautiful 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left in the game to lead the Trail Blazers to a 100-99 win at the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter in Portland, Oregon. Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points 2ith 8 rebounds. Forward Nicholas Batum scored 11 points with 6 assists. Center Robin Lopez scored 13 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Wesley Matthews scored 19 points. Guard Damian Lillard scored 19 points with 10 assists. Thomas Robinson scored 8 points with 9 rebounds.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points with 12 rebounds. Guard Ray McCallum scored 23 points. Guard Ben McLemore scored 16 points. Derrick Williams scored 7 points with 8 rebounds. Reggie Evans scored 4 points with 9 rebounds.
Houston Rockets 116
Denver Nuggets 123
The Denver Nuggets (34-44) defeated the Houston Rockets (52-26) by a 123-116 score at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Nuggets forward Quincey Miller scored 9 points with 8 rebounds. Forward Kenneth Faried scored 23 points with 9 rebounds. Center Timofey Mozgov scored 22 points. Guard Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 30 points and 15 assists. Guard Aaron Brooks scored 13 points with 7 assists. Evan Fournier scored 14 points.
Rockets forward Chandler Parsons scored 16 points. Terrence Jones scored 11 points. Center Omer Asik scored 12 points with 12 rebounds. Guard James Harden scored 10 points with 6 assists. Guard Jeremy Lin scored 18 points with 6 assists. Jordan Hamilton scored 11 points with 8 rebounds. Troy Daniels scored 12 points.
Memphis Grizzlies 107
Miami Heat 102
The Memphis Grizzlies (46-32) defeated the Miami Heat (53-25) by a 107-102 score at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph scored 25 points with 11 rebounds. Center Marc Gasol scored 20 points with 14 rebounds. Guard Mike Conley scored 26 points with 6 assists. Guard Courtney Lee scored 18 points.
Heat forward Lebron James scored 37 points with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Shane Battier scored 9 points. Center Chris Bosh scored 13 points with 6 rebounds. Guard Mario Chalmers scored 12 points. Rashard Lewis scored 17 points.
Phoenix Suns 94
New Orleans Pelicans 88
The Phoenix Suns (47-31) defeated the New Orleans Pelicans (32-46) by a 94-88 score to win their third straight game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Suns forward P.J. Tucker scored 15 points with 9 rebounds. Guard Goran Dragic scored 20 points with 9 assists. Guard Eric Bledsoe scored 16 points with 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Markieff Morris scored 10 points with 6 rebounds. Gerald Green scored 21 points.
Pelicans forward Darius Miller scored 14 points. Center Greg Stiemsma scored 4 points with 8 rebounds. Guard Tyreke Evans scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. Austin Rivers scored 10 points with 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Luke Babbit scored 12 points. Anthony Marrow scored 14 points. Jeff Withey scored 17 points.
Chicago Bulls 102
Minnesota Timberwolves 87
The Chicago Bulls (46-32) stayed in playoff form in defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves (39-39) by a 102-87 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. D.J. Augustin got the opportunity to get back at the Timberwolves for cutting him. Augustin scored 21 points. Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy scored 15 points. Center Joakim Noah put up a triple double in scoring 15 points with 10 assists and 13 rebounds. Guard Jimmy Butler scored 14 points with 7 assists. Guard Kirk Hinrich scored 16 points. Taj Gibson scored 13 points.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored 17 points with 10 rebounds. Center Gorgui Dieng scored 9 points with 8 rebounds. Guard Ricky Rubio scored 15 points with 6 assists. Guard Corey Brewer scored 9 points. Alexey Shved scored 9 points. Ronny Turiaf scored 11 points.