Thunder creeping up on Spurs...Nuggets win but lose Gallinari

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 6:05 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In what could be a preview for the NBA Western Conference title, Oklahoma City opened a 20-point lead and beat slumping San Antonio 100-88 to climb within a half-game of the West-leading Spurs behind Russell Westbrook's 27 points. San Antonio has lost four of its last eight games.

DENVER (AP) —Corey Brewer scored 23 points and got a hand on Anthony Morrow's last-second shot to preserve the Denver Nuggets' 19th straight home win, 95-94 over the Dallas Mavericks. Denver's win was bittersweet because they lost forward Danilo Gallinari to what looked like serious knee injury in the second quarter. Gallinari is scheduled for an MRI on Friday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pierre Jackson had his fourth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa. The Bears had reached the NIT final five years ago, but never had won it before.

NEW YORK (AP)— The New York Yankees have their first victory of the season and it was a couple of 40-somethings who did the job on the mound. Andy Pettitte got the win and Mariano Rivera the save in the Yanks' 4-2 win over Boston as they salvaged the finale of the three-game series.

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan guard Trey Burke is the runaway choice as The Associated Press college basketball player of the year after leading the Wolverines into this year's Final Four. The AP coach of the year is Miami's Jim Larranaga, who guided the 'Canes to a 29-7 mark and their first regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title.

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