Russell Westbrook leads the way as Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up series

Russell Westbrook leads the way as Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up series

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a basket over Mavericks guards Devin Harris (34) and Raymond Felton (2) during the second half of Game 5.

(Alonzo Adams / Associated Press)

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists Monday night, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a playoff series-clinching 118-104 Game 5 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City.

Westbrook made 13 of 23 shots and seven of eight free throws for the Thunder, who won the series in five games and will play the San Antonio Spurs in a Western Conference semifinal series starting Saturday.

Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Steven Adams had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City made 50.6% of its shots and outrebounded the Mavericks 42-35.


Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points, Justin Anderson had 14 and Zaza Pachulia added 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Mavericks, who were hampered by injuries throughout the series.

Oklahoma City lost Game 2 at home, 85-84, before winning three in a row, two at Dallas.

at Charlotte 89, Miami 85: Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin scored 21 and the Hornets evened the Eastern Conference first-round series at 2-2.

Walker scored 11 consecutive Hornets points in the fourth quarter after Miami had cut its deficit to two with 6:07 to play. Courtney Lee made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left after being fouled on an offensive rebound, sealing the victory.


Lee finished with 11 points and helped hold Dwyane Wade to 12 points on four-of-11 shooting.

“We fought so hard tonight,” Lin said. “Up 18 and then all of sudden up one. We put everything out there and I’m glad we got the win.”

Game 5 is Wednesday night at Miami.

Joe Johnson led Miami with 16 points. Luol Deng scored 15.

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