OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook wouldn't say he wanted payback against Patrick Beverley.
His play said otherwise.
During last year's playoffs, Beverley dived for the ball and ran into Westbrook's right knee as a timeout was being called, causing the injury that ended Westbrook's season and cost him about half of this season. In their first meeting since the incident, Westbrook had 24 points, seven assists and four steals to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Houston Rockets 106-98 on Tuesday night.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have created space behind them in the crowded Western Conference standings and are showing no signs of slowing down their surge up the standings.
Jordan Crawford scored 19 points, Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Warriors routed the Dallas Mavericks 108-85 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
Golden State (41-24) is sixth in the West, three games ahead of Dallas (38-27) and Memphis (37-26). The Warriors also are four games behind the Clippers (45-20) in the Pacific Division, with the final meeting between the teams this season looming large in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The shots were clanking and the frustration was mounting for J.J. Barea during a three-game shooting slump that was getting him booed off his home court with regularity.
With the lowly Milwaukee Bucks hitting everything in sight, Minnesota coach Rick Adelman gave Barea some time with the Ricky Rubio in the same backcourt, and the throwback lineup helped jumpstart Barea and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Barea scored 19 points to lift the Timberwolves to a 112-101 victory over the Bucks on Tuesday night.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies are headed on a three-game road trip with a better grip on the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
Marc Gasol scored 19 points, Zach Randolph added 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 109-99 on Tuesday night.
The victory kept Memphis in the conference's eighth spot with a one-game edge over the idle Phoenix Suns. But players are not satisfied with the current position.
CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the San Antonio Spurs to show the Chicago Bulls why they're leading the NBA.
Manu Ginobili scored 22 points and Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, and the Spurs beat the Bulls 104-96 Tuesday night for their seventh straight win and 10th in their last 11.
San Antonio jumped out to a big advantage early, taking a 38-14 lead after one quarter and going up 61-33 into halftime. That helped them improve to 24-6 on the road, the NBA's best mark away from home.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- If the Detroit Pistons had played defense like this all season, their chances of making the playoffs might not look so remote.
Josh Smith scored 24 points and Rodney Stuckey added 23, and the Pistons held Sacramento to 11 points in the third quarter in a 99-89 victory over the Kings on Tuesday night.
"I thought our bigs were tremendous in pick-and-roll tonight," Detroit interim coach John Loyer said. "But it was a team effort. The guys on the ball did a good job. We didn't give them easy looks."
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Bynum provided the energy boost Indiana needed early. David West delivered all the big shots late.
Together, the Pacers' tag-team inside tandem simply overpowered the Celtics.
West scored 24 points Tuesday while Bynum finished with eight points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes, helping the Pacers pull away from Boston, 94-83.
PHOENIX -- The NBA has suspended Phoenix starting forward P.J. Tucker for one game for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin in the Suns' loss to the Clippers in Loss Angeles on Monday night.
Tucker will sit out Wednesday night's home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Tucker was ejected after the altercation. The elbowing occurred as the two fell to the floor entangled while going for a rebound with 5½ minutes to go in the game.
The Brooklyn Nets will sign center Jason Collins for the remainder of the season on Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Nets, who feel they're getting everything they expected from Collins when they signed him for frontcourt depth Feb. 23, are already operating under the premise that the 34-year-old will finish the season with them even though his second 10-day deal doesn't expire until after Friday. Sources say that the internal expectation all along was that Collins would be a Net for the rest of the season, from the moment he signed his first 10-day deal, as long he proved that he could still be an effective defender, which he did immediately.
Collins is averaging 9.8 minutes per game off the bench in eight appearances since his historic debut against the Los Angeles Lakers last month, which made him the first openly gay athlete in North America's four recognized major team sports.
MANILA, Philippines - FIBA has set deadlines for submission of vital documents to formalize participation in the World Cup in Spain on Aug. 30-Sept. 14 and a hefty fine of $28,000 awaits a team that fails to turn in proof of citizenship for a naturalized player by July 15.
The first deadline is June 15 to confirm the participation of the 24 countries, including wildcards Greece, Turkey, Finland and Brazil. The next deadline is July 15 for each country to submit the initial list of 24 players with passports, birth certificates and FIBA player IDs. A fine of $28,000 will be imposed on teams that miss the deadline.
In the July 15 deadline, FIBA requires specific documents for every naturalized player or “a player with several legal nationalities.” The documents are a certification of non-participation from his former country through its national federation, a declaration letter from the player choosing a new nationality, passport of the player’s original country of origin, valid passport of the player’s new country, certified copy of the player’s original birth certificate, copy of the player’s new nationality ID, excerpt of the law in the player’s new country explaining the process of naturalization, letter of clearance certifying the legality of the naturalization, submission of the naturalized player form and a letter from the new country through its national federation explaining the naturalization of a player.