The Oklahoma City Thunder couldn't coast to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook teamed up for 50 points and needed to return in the fourth quarter to hold off a Sacramento charge, and the Thunder clinched the top seed in the West by beating the Sacramento Kings 104-95 on Monday night.
Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton played 22 minutes and contributed 10 points and three steals, all season-highs. He was 4-for-6 from the field.
"Daniel came in and gave us good minutes, which was good to see," Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said. "We utilize Tulsa quite a bit and he's done a great job at getting better down in the D-League ... it's paid off. He played against one of the better bigs in the league in (DeMarcus) Cousins."
Teammate Kevin Durant also had praise for Orton.
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"It's good to see Daniel Orton play well," he said. "Jeremy Lamb, Hash (Hasheem Thabeet), Ronnie Brewer; it was good to get those guys in there, because down the line you're going to need all those guys to win the series or win the game. It was good for our team."
Kings leading scorer Demarcus Cousins, who was allowed to play after the NBA rescinded his 16th technical foul of the season, had seven points and six rebounds and didn't play in the fourth quarter.
It was the second straight April that Cousins was able to play at Oklahoma City only after a technical foul was rescinded.
"You want to get it to where those things are all behind us," Kings Coach Keith Smart said, "where we don't worry about any of those things anymore, to where we can focus on just the game and focus on the opponent."
Suns 119, Rockets 112: Terrence Jones followed up a five-block performance Sunday night with six more in Houston's loss on Monday.
Jones was 6-for-11 from the field and finished with 12 points and four rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
Nets 106, Wizards 101: John Wall had 18 points and 12 assists as Washington lost for the fifth straight time.
The Wizards' season ends on Wednesday in Chicago, giving the Wizards one more chance to reach 30 wins.
"I want to get to 30. We got no other goals. But we definitely want to get another win," Wall told The Washington Post.
Wall struggled shooting the ball, going 5-for-19 from the field. He also missed three free throws in the fourth quarter.
"I lost this game for the team," Wall told The Washington Post. "I didn't shoot the ball well. I didn't close the game out down the stretch."
Bobcats 106, Knicks 95: The Charlotte Bobcats have a chance to shed the label of NBA's worst team heading into the off-season. The Bobcats enter the season finale Wednesday night tied with Orlando for the worst record in the NBA at 20-61. Both teams have one game left — the Bobcats host Cleveland, while the Magic visit Miami.
The Bobcats moved into a tie with the Magic on Monday night as Gerald Henderson scored 27 points and Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career-high 13 assists to defeat a New York Knicks team playing without Carmelo Anthony.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was 4-for-7 from the field, had eight points and five rebounds for Charlotte.
Bulls 102, Magic 84: Doron Lamb followed back-to-back games in double figures with nine points in Orlando's loss. Lamb played 30 minutes and also had one assist.
Pistons 109, 76ers 101: Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Detroit made the most of its home finale by beating Philadelphia. Brandon Knight added 12 points and four assists for the Pistons.
Grizzlies 103, Mavericks 97: Keyon Dooling hit the go-ahead three-pointer before Ed Davis made consecutive baskets, and reserves accounted for all 35 points the Grizzlies scored in the fourth quarter while rallying for a 103-97 victory to keep alive their chance of hosting a first-round playoff series. Tayshaun Prince was 4-for-7 from the field and finished with 12 points for Memphis.