For the Oklahoma City Thunder, clinching night was reminiscent of their season.
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Paul George scored 27 points, Russell Westbrook got his 25th triple-double of the season and the Thunder ran wild in the fourth quarter on the way to wrapping up a Western Conference playoff berth with a 115-93 win over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
We had a lot of good things going, and then I think it was a combination of them marching to the free-throw line and us not executing on the other end, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Ryan Shazier Youth Jersey Jerami Grant scored 17 points and Carmelo Anthony added 11 for Oklahoma City, which made 14 3-pointers. Anthony will be playing in postseason games for the first time since 2013, after four consecutive futile seasons with the Knicks.
Feels good to be back in the postseason and the mindset of not looking forward to another vacation, Anthony said.
The Angels will send left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0, 1.64 ERA) to the mound to oppose Rangers’ left-hander Martin Perez (1-0, 5.06 ERA) on Tuesday.
Los Angeles (8-3) took the series opener 8-3 on Monday behind a 13-hit attack and 4 1/3 innings of one-run, four-hit work from starting pitcher Garrett Richards. Jose Alvarez (1-0), the second of six Angels’ pitchers, got the win with just 2/3 of an inning of work.
Zack Cozart, Albert Pujols, Kohl Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Martin Maldonado each had two hits for the Angels in the win. Maldonado drove in two runs and Simmons scored three times.
Doug Fister (1-2) took the loss for the Rangers (4-8) after Brandin Cooks Jersey giving up three runs on six hits in five innings. The Rangers bullpen gave up five runs; left-hander Jake Diekman allowed the final three on two hits and a walk in the eighth inning while not recording an out.
Texas managed eight hits in the loss, with Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo, and Robinson Chirinos recording two each. Elvis Andrus added a solo home run and leads the team with a .362 batting average.