NBA Wrap: Thunder cruise past Grizzlies

NBA Wrap: Thunder cruise past Grizzlies
February 1, 2013, 1:00 am
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Andrew Bynum continues to make more progress, inching closer to his return. Yet, Doug Collins is making sure he takes a patient approach with his star center (see story).

And with Bynum still sidelined, Nick Young has found his way into the starting lineup. With that, he's giving the Sixers more than just a shooter (see story).

Now, here is what happened in the two NBA games on Thursday night's slate:

Thunder cruise past Grizzlies
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Running away with a win against a Memphis team in disarray after trading away top scorer Rudy Gay, the Oklahoma City Thunder found a way to come unhinged, too.

An outburst aimed at his own team earned All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook a third-quarter benching and gave the Grizzlies a glimmer of hope before Oklahoma City closed out a 106-89 victory Thursday night.

Just when the Thunder seemed to be firmly in control, Westbrook started sniping with his teammates after a possession when he posted up along the left side of the lane and eventually got called for a turnover when Jerryd Bayless stuck with him on defense for 5 seconds.

Westbrook then spiked the ball twice while gesturing toward Thabo Sefolosha and Durant that they needed to get open. He then hollered toward coach Scott Brooks on the bench.

Memphis followed his outburst with 10 straight points to make it a game again - with Westbrook getting an early hook during the stretch and heading down the tunnel toward the locker room (see full recap).

Warriors stay hot, top Mavericks
OAKLAND, Calif. -- David Lee finished an assist short of a triple-double, Klay Thompson scored 27 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-97 Thursday night.

Lee had 15 points, a season-high 20 rebounds and nine assists, and Jarrett Jack scored 13 points, including two free throws with 2 seconds left to help the Warriors win their third straight. Harrison Barnes also had 15 points.

O.J. Mayo scored 25 points to lead the Mavericks, who dropped their second straight. Vince Carter added 22 points and Shawn Marion 18 as Dallas failed to reached 100 points for the first time in 10 games (see full recap).

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