Thunder 109, Bucks 99: Russell Westbrook recorded his sixth career triple-double and Kevin Durant poured in 30 points as visiting Oklahoma City held off a second-half rally from Milwaukee.
Westbrook collected 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double since Jan. 28, 2011, against Washington. Serge Ibaka added 16 points and eight blocks and Kevin Martin scored 17 off the bench for the Thunder, who rebounded after a stunning loss at Minnesota on Friday and moved within two games of idle San Antonio for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Ersan Ilyasova led Milwaukee with 29 points and 14 rebounds and Ekpe Udoh (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Larry Sanders (12 points, 10 rebounds) also recorded double-doubles for the Bucks, whose magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at four when Philadelphia beat Charlotte. Milwaukee has lost five of its last six.
The Thunder led 56-46 at halftime after holding the Bucks to 32 percent shooting, but Milwaukee heated up for 37 points in the third quarter on 13-of-21 shooting to forge a tie at 83 going to the final period.
Milwaukee led 92-87 after a Marquis Daniels jumper with 8:38 left, but a pair of Nick Collison dunks bookended a 12-0 Thunder run as Oklahoma City regained control.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Durant has scored 20 or more points in 12 consecutive games. … Ilyasova recorded his sixth double-double in the last seven games. He has scored 20 or more points in five of the last seven contests and eight of his last 12. … Udoh's double-double is the first of his career.