Russell Westbrook continued his mission to make history Friday, but the Thunder came up short against the Spurs.
After trailing by 13 points at halftime, and 21 points at one point, San Antonio came roaring back for a 100-95 road victory in Oklahoma City. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 28 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Westbrook stole the show, though. With his 32 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, he earned his 39th triple-double of the season. He now needs just three more to surpass Oscar Robertson's record of 41 in a single season.
With the Warriors dominating most of the buzz in the Western Conference, both the Spurs and Thunder have received conflicting opinions about their postseason prospects.
San Antonio (58-17) features a veteran lineup — to put it nicely — that has tons of experience and a mixture of rising stars. Unfortunately, the Spurs may be a little past their championship prime.
Oklahoma City (43-32) has exciting talent in Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter. The Thunder play well defensively while also presenting matchup problems on the offensive end of the court. Yet, Westbrook sometimes tries to do too much, which leads to nice end-game numbers, but a loss on the scoreboard.
Studs of the Night:
Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan dropped 40 points and nine rebounds on the Pacers in a 111-100 win.
Cavaliers star LeBron James poured in 34 points with nine rebounds and six assists in a 122-105 win over the short-handed 76ers.
Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his meteoric rise by scoring 28 points with 14 rebounds and nine assists in a 108-105 overtime win over the Pistons.
Dud of the Night:
Nikola Jokic's supporting cast: The Nuggets center scored 26 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists, but Denver still lost 122-114 to the Hornets. The rest of the Nuggets' starting lineup scored in double-figures, but defensively they allowed Charlotte to shoot 47 percent from the floor.
Magic forward Aaron Gordon has no trouble dunking on people:
Gordon finished the 117-116 loss to the Celtics with 32 points and 16 rebounds.
Hawks (39-36) at Bulls (36-39) 5:00 p.m. ET — Atlanta looks fairly locked into a postseason berth, but the Bulls are still fighting for their lives. With the regular season coming to an end soon, both teams have something to fight for in this game.