Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks, 118-104, on Monday night to win the teams’ first-round playoff series, 4-1, and advance to the Western Conference semifinals.
Westbrook was 13 of 23 from the field and 7 of 8 on free throws. Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the host Thunder, who will play the San Antonio Spurs in a series that begins Saturday.
Oklahoma City shot 50.6 percent from the field and outrebounded the Mavericks, 42-35.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points for the Mavericks, who were hampered by injuries throughout the series.
A 3-pointer by Westbrook put the Thunder ahead, 93-79, and Oklahoma City took a 93-83 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks trimmed it to 107-103 with 4 minutes 8 seconds left before the Thunder pulled away.
HORNETS 89, HEAT 85 Kemba Walker scored a playoff career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin added 21 and Charlotte beat visiting Miami to even their first-round series at 2-2.
Walker scored 11 straight Charlotte points in the fourth quarter after Miami had cut the lead to 2 with 6:07 left.
Courtney Lee made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left after being fouled on an offensive rebound to seal the win.
Lee finished with 11 points and helped hold Dwyane Wade to 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting.
Joe Johnson led Miami with 16 points.
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