Oklahoma City, OK (World Wide Gamble) - Russell Westbrook scored eight points over the final stages of overtime, including the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left, as the Oklahoma City Thunder halted their first losing streak of the season with a hard-fought 111-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks
at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook finished with 16 points and 10 assists, while Kevin Durant poured in 40 points -- 26 of which came in the second half -- to help rally the Thunder from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes remaining in regulation and end a two-game slide. Serge Ibaka added 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Kevin Martin contributed 18 points off the bench for Oklahoma City, which has now won 11 consecutive home games. Dallas was dealt a fourth straight defeat and seventh setback in eight outings despite a season-high 32 points from Darren Collison, who hit a desperation 3- pointer as time expired to force overtime. Chris Kaman and Shawn Marion recorded 17 and 14 points, respectively, in the loss. Dirk Nowitzki, playing his second game since returning from right knee surgery, had nine points and six rebounds in 26 minutes for Dallas, though he shot just 3-of-11 from the field.
Final Score: LA Clippers 106, Boston 77
Los Angeles, CA (World Wide Gamble) - The Boston Celtics had little success on Thursday slowing down the red-hot Los Angeles Clippers, who went wire-to-wire for their 15th consecutive win -- the longest winning streak in the NBA in five seasons. Matt Barnes made five of Los Angeles' 12 makes from behind the arc en route to a team-high 21 points, as the Clippers walked over the Celtics, 106-77, at the Staples Center. Jamal Crawford chipped in 17 points and Blake Griffin totaled 15 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have won by double digits each of the last seven games during their franchise-best stretch and have not tasted defeat since a loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26. The Celtics were the last team to win 15 in a row when they reeled off 19 straight in the 2008-09 campaign. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, two vital cogs during that run five years ago, paced Boston with 16 and 12 points, respectively, in the loss, the club's fifth in its last seven games.