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Thunder playoff standings watch: win over 76ers keeps Oklahoma CIty 1 game ahead of Pelicans

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The Thunder nearly blew it in the end against the 76ers, but with a win

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The Oklahoma City Thunder played a tougher-than-expected game against the Philadelphia 76ers. After falling behind by double digits multiple times in the game, the Thunder needed several big runs to recover and take a lead late in the game. With the situation seemingly at hand, the 76ers found a last gasp of hope, drilling long, contested 3-point shots that sent the game into overtime. The Thunder eventually finished off Philly, but needed every bit of Russell Westbrook's 49-16-10-3-1 stat line to do it.

It was a good thing too, because the Pelicans once again won their own game, and so remain one whole game behind OKC for the 8th and final playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Spurs came out on top against the Kings, so they remain 2.5 games up on the Thunder, and 4 games better in the loss column. Meanwhile, the Clippers lost to the Trail Blazers, and while that probably contributes to the dying dream of the Thunder somehow stealing the Northwest Division, it also puts a few more teams in striking range. Both the Clippers and Mavericks are now only 5 games ahead in the loss column. A 6 seed may yet still be in reach.

Rankings data courtesy nba.com