A trip to the Alamo with a chance to pull even atop the Western Conference awaits for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Thunder's 91-79 win over the Boston Celtics. At 47-16, Oklahoma City is chasing the San Antonio Spurs for the top seed in the west. The Thunder have won eight of their last nine tilts and can pull even for the top spot with a win against the Spurs Monday. Russell Westbrook added 15 points in the victory. Jeff Green finally made his initial appearance in Oklahoma City since the Thunder shipped him to Boston in the Kendrick Perkins trade on Feb. 24, 2011. He missed the following season after open heart surgery, but finally returned and netted just eight points on 2-of-11 shooting. Paul Pierce recorded 20 points for the Celtics, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Final Score: LA Lakers 90, Chicago 81
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - All Kobe Bryant wanted a month ago was to make the playoffs. He finally has his Los Angeles Lakers back on the right side of the standings. Bryant tallied 19 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Lakers' 90-81 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers began the campaign 17-25, but have rebounded by going 16-6 since to leap frog the Utah Jazz by a half-game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Dwight Howard added 16 points and 21 boards for Los Angeles, which has won six straight games at Staples Center. Joakim Noah finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped three of their last four tilts. Nate Robinson recorded 19 points and eight assists in defeat.
Final Score: Miami 105, Indiana 90
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Despite its lengthy winning streak, Miami came into Sunday's contest with something to prove against a Pacers team which had blown them out twice already this season. The Heat did just that as Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers combined for 73 points to extend Miami's franchise-best winning streak to 18 games in a 105-90 blowout victory over Indiana down in South Beach. Wade scored 23 points and had six steals to lead a defensive charge in which the Heat forced the Pacers into 18 turnovers. Bosh shot 11-for-15 and had 24 points with three blocks and Chalmers buried 5-of-6 from long distance en route to a game-high 26. LeBron James chipped in with 13 points, seven assists and six boards in the victory for the Heat, who had lost by double-digits in both prior meetings this season with Indiana. David West scored a team-high 24 points. Paul George struggled for 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting for Indiana, which was the last team to defeat Miami back on Feb. 1.
Final Score: Orlando 99, Philadelphia 91
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Jameer Nelson netted 24 points to go with 10 assists, as the Orlando Magic outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-91, on Sunday at Amway Center. Arron Afflalo followed with 17 points, while former Sixer Nikola Vucevic posted 14 points and 17 rebounds to help the Magic snap a seven-game home losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored a game- high 26 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Sixers, who have lost 13 straight on the road.
Final Score: Toronto 100, Cleveland 96
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Amir Johnson registered 17 points and 16 rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 100-96, on Sunday. Alan Anderson had a team-high 18 points, Kyle Lowry had 15 points and nine rebounds and DeMar DeRozan had 13 points for the Raptors, who came into the game off a 118-116 overtime loss to the Lakers. Dion Waiters scored a game-high 21 points, Kyrie Irving added 12 points and Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of their last five games.