Today in the NBA: Thunder look to sweep Clippers

Today in the NBA: Thunder look to sweep Clippers
March 3, 2013, 12:30 pm
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The 76ers finally broke their seven-game losing streak in a hard fought 104-97 win over Golden State.

Evan Turner was one assist away from his first triple-double and Thaddeus Young pulled down a career-high 16 rebound in a much-needed team victory (see story).

Here are some other notable NBA games to watch for today:

Thunder at Clippers, 3:30 p.m.

The Clippers will play Oklahoma City for a third time this year and will try to avoid being swept in the season series. The Thunder won the previous two matchups 117-111 and 109-97, respectively.

Ever since Clippers point guard Chris Paul came back from his knee injury, Los Angeles has won eight of its last nine games. One of the games Paul missed was their 109-97 loss to OKC on Jan. 22. Kevin Durant recorded 32 points for the Thunder in that victory.

Oklahoma City had its three-game win streak snapped on Friday by Denver. The Clippers are on a four-game win streak of their own and are looking to extend it against the Thunder.

Bulls at Pacers, 8 p.m.

Indiana and its stingy defense, allowing only 89.6 points per game to opponents, will face Chicago, which is only averaging 92.7 points per game.

Indiana is looking to win its four-game series with Chicago after winning the previous two matchups. Paul George will look to dominate once again after going for a game-high 34 points in the first matchup between these two teams and 21 in the second.

Despite missing Derrick Rose, the Bulls' big men have been clutch in his absence. Center Joakim Noah is averaging a double-double a game with 12 points and 11.4 rebounds, whereas power forward Carlos Boozer is almost doing the same with 15.6 points and 9.3 rebounds.

Hawks at Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

After having a down season, the Lakers are playing their best basketball as of late, winning 12 of their last 17 and could finally reach .500 tonight with a win. The Lakers have not been .500 since late December.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is not only third in the league in scoring with 27.2 points per game, but is also shooting 47.2 percent this year, a career-best. When asked about his and the Lakers' play, Kobe responded by saying, “I've been in attack mode since the (All-Star) break. It's go time.”

The Lakers are not the only team playing well. Before losing to the Suns of Friday, Atlanta won six of its last eight games, largely due to center Al Horford, who averaged 24.8 points and 11.8 rebounds during that span.

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