Tip-Off for 4/5/13 (featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar): OKC Thunder tightens the race for No.1 in the West with win over the San Antonio Spurs 100-88

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Thunder top Spurs 100-88 in key West showdown

Kevin Durant and the Thunder are thisclose to the top spot in the West.

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 52 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-88 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The win pushed OKC to within a half game of the Spurs — who are the top seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder recorded their 55th win of the season, tying a franchise record.

Bulls 92 – Nets 90 - The Nets missed out on several opportunities to tie or take the lead in the games final moments. The Bulls won the rebounding battle 46-30. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 29 points and 18 rebounds. Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 30 points and 10 assists.

Nuggets 95 – Mavericks 94 - Dallas failed to close the gap between them and the LA Lakers for the second consecutive game. Andre Iguodala scored on a layup with 2.8 seconds remaining. Forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a knee injury in the second quarter — an MRI is scheduled for today. Corey Brewer led Denver with 23 points and Kenneth Faried grabbed 19 boards. Brandon Wright led the Mavericks with 16 points.

Thunder 100 – Spurs 88 - Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 27 points and Kevin Durant added 25 points for OKC. Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

The Lineup:

Today in NBA History (Basketball Reference).

Tony Gonzalez said his son inspired his return (Red Zone).

This month is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (WIO).

Sources: Tim Pernetti out as Rutgers AD (ESPN).

Dez Bryant is joining the Jordan Brand family (Nike Blog).

How good/bad are the March job numbers (Washington Post).

Odd Future performs on David Letterman Show (IFWT).

A Floyd Mayweather documentary (IFWT).

Baylor wins the NIT (SB Nation).

Ray Rice offers support for Rutgers AD (Pro Football Talk).

 

On this day, “The Captain” became the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. 

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