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Friday, April 11th (All times Eastern)

New Orleans Pelicans (32-46) at Oklahoma City Thunder (57-21), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Oklahoma City Thunder are rapidly losing out on a chance for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, but they'll continue to battle for it Friday night when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder are 3 1/2 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for Western Conference supremacy. San Antonio only needs one win or a Thunder loss to clinch homecourt throughout the playoffs.

After back-to-back losses to start a four-game road trip, the Thunder closed out the sojourn with consecutive wins. They beat the Sacramento Kings, then dispatched the Los Angeles Clippers, 107-101 Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook filled the stat sheet with 30 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to carry the Thunder. Westbrook came away with a pair of key offensive rebounds down the stretch after the Clippers had trimmed a once 17-point deficit down to one.

"To win a big game, you've got to do little things," Westbrook said. "It's not always going to be a big shot, or maybe a big steal, rebound; big block, big box out. You are never going to know what you'll need to do, but we did all of those things tonight."

Kevin Durant, after having his streak of 25-plus points stopped in a win over the Kings on Monday, needed 26 shots to score 27 points in the tight win.

Serge Ibaka was the only other OKC player to score in double figures with 15.

After Friday's home tilt with the Pelicans, the Thunder hit the road for two straight, including a big matchup with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. They visit these Pelicans, then close out the regular season with a home game against the Detroit Pistons.

The Pelicans have lost six straight and four in a row on the road.

On Wednesday, New Orleans lost at home, 94-88, to the Phoenix Suns.

Anthony Davis did not play in New Orleans' sixth straight loss due to back spasms. Jeff Withey played more minutes in his absence and led the club with 17 points. Darius Miller and Anthony Morrow each netted 14 in the setback.

"I have nothing to complain about with our group," Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said. "We scrapped and played the way we like to play. Just couldn't put the ball in the basket enough times."

It's going to be tough for the Pelicans to snap this losing streak. They visit Houston on Saturday, then close with the Thunder and Rockets at home Monday and Wednesday.

The Thunder have won nine straight over the Pelicans and seven in a row against New Orleans as the host.

04/11 11:00:26 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Half
NCCU 62
BASC 20
 
2nd
CHA 52
PHO 44
 
Half
NCSU 39
TENN 27
 
2nd
CLE 52
ATL 49
 
2nd
CHA 52
PHO 44
 
1st
DET 23
DAL 18
 
1st
BOS 19
ORL 16
 
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MIA 11
UTA 16
 
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TOR
BRK
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SAN
MEM
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POR
MIL
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
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UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
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MSST 27
ARKST 35
 
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NCCU 62
BASC 20
 
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GMAS 45
CATAWBA 37
 
Half
WOFF 27
CSOU 26
 
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HIGH 47
FERR 22
 
1st
JVU 30
GWEBB 43
 
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ILL 37
HAMP 25
 
1st
BST 23
JMU 30
 
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YOUNG 39
KNST 44
 
1st
UMO 31
LONG 21
 
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PITT 26
MAN 21
 
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OSU 39
NCAT 26
 
1st
FSU 30
UNF 25
 
Half
TOL 40
RMU 28
 
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CAMP 37
SIUE 30
 
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DUQ 27
RFLSH 40
 
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NCSU 39
TENN 27
 
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UCF 14
DET 14
 
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UNCW 12
LIB 9
 
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NJD 0
OTT 1
 
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