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NBA roundup: Thunder, Pelicans down to wire for last West playoff spot
NBA roundup: Thunder, Pelicans down to wire for last West playoff spot

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points Monday night, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 101-90, at Oklahoma City to keep its playoff hopes alive. Westbrook had picked up his 16th technical foul at Indiana on Sunday, which would have been an automatic one-game suspension. But it was rescinded by the NBA on Monday morning, allowing him to play in a crucial game for the Thunder, which remained tied with New Orleans for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Both teams are 44-37 with one game to play. The Thunder plays at Minnesota, the NBA's worst team, on Wednesday, while the Pelicans are at home against San Antonio, second in the West and winner...

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