NBA scores: Thunder lose game, ground to top teams in Western Conference

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

After losing on Thursday, Oklahoma City watched other Western Conference playoff contenders gain ground on Friday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder remain atop the Western Conference standings but their lead took a hit over the past couple of days.

On Thursday night, the Thunder lost on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-95. Kevin Durant scored 33 points for the Thunder but Minnesota countered with 28 points and 11 rebounds from Kevin Love to hand the Thunder just their fifth loss of the season.

On Friday night, the Thunder had to watch the other top teams in the West inch closer as the next four contenders all won. The Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to 12 games by beating the Sacramento Kings, 97-85. Chris Paul led the way with 24 points and 13 assists.

The Memphis Grizzlies took care of the Dallas Maverikcs, 92-82 as Rudy Gay pumped in 26 points for the Grizz to keep them in third place, two games behind OKC.

The San Antonio Spurs returned to the win column by beating the New Orleans Hornets, 99-94. Tony Parker paced the Spurs with 25 points while Tim Duncan added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Golden State Warriors also kept pace with the Western Conference elite by beating the Charlotte Bobcats, 115-100. Forward David Lee put up some impressive numbers with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Stephen Curry added 27 point after making eight three-pointers in the game.

Among the big games in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls ran past the New York Knicks 110-106 at Madison Square Garden.

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