OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Motivated by a technical foul on his coach, Russell Westbrook took control of a tight game and provided the energy the Oklahoma City Thunder needed to pull away from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Westbrook scored 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped Oklahoma City beat Portland 103-83 on Sunday night.
Serge Ibaka added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting -- all in the second half -- for Oklahoma City (52-19), which made up ground on the San Antonio Spurs in the race for the Western Conference's top playoff spot. San Antonio (53-17) lost to Houston on Sunday and now is 1
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