Tip-Off for 3/6/13 (featuring Shaquille O’Neal): Oklahoma City Thunder crush LA Lakers 122-105; Denver Nuggets win sixth in a row

(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman)

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook goes past Los Angeles' Metta World Peace, left, and Dwight howard during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook left the Lakers dazed and confused.

Russell Westbrook had one of his best all-around games of the season against the LA Lakers. The Thunder handled the Lakers at home 122-105. Kobe Bryant was bothered by a stinger in his elbow but was able to finish the game.

The Denver Nuggets won their sixth game in a row with a 120-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Denver is now fifth in the Western Conference, trailing the Memphis Grizzlies by one game.

Celtics 109 – 76ers 101 – The Celtics held the Sixers to 41 percent shooting. Philadelphia has lost nine of their last 10 games and is 7.5 games behind the Bucks for the 8th seed in the East. Paul Pierce led the C’s with 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 19 points and 10 boards.

Thunder 122 – Lakers 105 – Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 37 points, he also finished with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 30 points. Dwight Howard had 16 rebounds. The Lakers committed 16 turnovers compared to only 2 for the Thunder.

Nuggets 120 – Kings 113 – The Nuggets show 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 24 points and Andre Iguodala handed out 7 assists. The Kings were led by Marcus Thornton’s game-high 32 points.

The Lineup:

LeBron James on Serge Ibaka’s non-suspension (SB Nation).

AFC South news (ESPN).

Man whose baseball card collection was stolen gets a big surprise (Kake.com).

NY Rangers Marc Staal takes a puck to the eye (Huffington Post).

Nigerian is banning lesbian soccer players (Inside World Football).

Sway responds to Kanye West (MTV).

Services for a man in South Africa dragged by police (AP).

Fantasy basketball bargains (SB Nation).

Dwight Howard bashes former teammates (Sporting News NBA).

Byron Scott is backing Marreese Speights (Pro Basketball Talk).


Happy Birthday to Shaq Diesel!!!

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