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Oklahoma City bounced back from their Christmas Day loss in Miami to beat Dallas in overtime on Thursday.
The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to play well, winning eight of their last ten games, but even that impressive pace wasn't good enough to maintain their lead as the top team in the Western Conference.
The Thunder rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks in overtime on Thursday evening, 111-105. After trailing for most of the game, OKC made a run at the win in the fourth quarter and appeared to have it wrapped up before Mavericks point guard Darren Collison made an improbable, one-handed three-point prayer at the buzzer to force the OT. The Thunder took care of the Mavs in the extra time with Kevin Durant pumping in 40 points to lead the way.
The Los Angeles Clippers followed up the Thunder win on Thursday with an impressive 106-77 blowout of the Boston Celtics. The Clippers then went to Utah on Friday night and scored 68 second half points to beat the Jazz, 116-114 for their 16th consecutive win. All of that winning pushed the Clippers to the top of the West by one game over the Thunder.
Other Western Conference contenders in action on Friday included the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors. The Spurs used an offensive outburst to outlast the Houston Rockets 122-116 as Tony Parker scored 31 points to nullify the impact of James Harden's 33 points for the Rockets.
Here's a look at the full NBA scoreboard.