Durant helps Thunder drop Blazers, 103-83
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points and fueled a key third-quarter spurt that helped the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 103-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Serge Ibaka added 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Oklahoma City (52-19), which entered the game 2½ games behind the San Antonio Spurs in the race for the Western Conference's top playoff spot.
Damian Lillard scored 19 points for Portland (33-37), which finished 2-3 on a five-game road trip.
The Blazers fell three games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
76ers beat Kings 117-103 to end road skid at 15
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dorell Wright hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 21 and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped their longest road losing streak in over 25 years with a 117-103 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
It was a rare show of offensive explosiveness for the Sixers, who came in last in the NBA with an average of just under 93 points a game. They had 91 entering the fourth quarter and shot 49 percent to snap their 15-game road skid and beat the Kings for the fifth straight time in Sacramento.
The Sixers' last road win had come New Year's Day against the Los Angeles Lakers. Philadelphia's road losing streak was its longest since the club dropped 20 in a row from Dec. 28, 1987-March 4, 1988.
Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Marcus Thornton added 22 and Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans had 19 points and eight assists for the Kings, who had their three-game home win streak snapped.
Patrick Patterson chipped in 12 points.
Iowa State and Georgia set to meet in 2nd round
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Through all of his success in 18 seasons at Iowa State, a loss in 1999 still sticks with Bill Fennelly.
That same game also sticks out to Georgia's Andy Landers for completely different reasons — it was the last time the Lady Bulldogs reached the Final Four.
The two long-tenured coaches will reacquaint themselves on Monday night when the fifth-seeded Cyclones (24-8) face the No. 4 seed Lady Bulldogs (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.
The winner will advance to the regional semifinals across town at the Spokane Arena next Saturday night.
Iowa State knocked off Gonzaga, while Georgia pulled away from Montana for first-round victories on Saturday.
The matchup between the Cyclones and Lady Bulldogs will be just the third meeting all-time between the two schools, all coming in the NCAA tournament.
Dbacks' Miley, Mariners' Saunders hit hard
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — After skipping an outing because of a dead arm, Arizona Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley allowed four runs and six hits over 3 1-3 innings Sunday in an 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Franklin Gutierrez homered leading off the game, and Kendrys Morales put Seattle ahead 4-1 with a three-run homer in the third. The Mariners have hit a major league-high 50 homers in spring training.
Seattle starter Joe Saunders was hit hard, allowing eight runs, seven hits and four walks in five inning. He has an 11.57 ERA.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run single in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth.
Canucks beat Avalanche 3-2 to take division lead
DENVER (AP) — Mason Raymond and Alexandre Burrows scored in the second period and the Vancouver Canucks moved into sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division with a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
Jason Garrison added a goal for the Canucks, winners of four straight. Vancouver moved ahead of idle Minnesota by two points for the conference lead.
Cory Schneider made 26 saves in his fourth consecutive start. He is 5-0-1 with two shutouts against the Avalanche.
Jamie McGinn and PA Parenteau scored for free-falling Colorado, which has dropped six of seven.
Jean-Sebastian Giguere (zhee-GEHR') made his first start since March 5 in Detroit and allowed three goals on 30 shots. Giguere is 9-11-4 against Vancouver.