Saturday night game round up: Thunder beat Mavericks in hot-tempered game four

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Thunder (3) 119, Mavericks (6) 108

The Oklahoma City Thunder moved into a commanding position in their first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks after a 119-108 victory in game four.

The road win, in which OKC never trailed, moves the Western Conference third seeds 3-1 up in the series but it didn't come without incident.

Kevin Durant, scorer of 19 points on the night, was ejected in the final minute of the game for a flagrant foul on Justin Anderson. Serge Ibaka picked up a technical in the closing stages, too, in what was a heated matchup.

Away from the controversy, it was Enes Kanter who led the scoring with 28 points from the bench for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook added a 25 point, 15 assist double-double although he and Durant combined to make just 14 of 39 shots.

OKC as a whole, however, shot 53 percent as three other players scored in double digits in the tip to buzzer win.

For Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 27 points and Wes Matthews and Raymond Felton finished with 19 points apiece. Injuries once again played their part, though, with Deron Williams managing just 89 seconds of action before limping to the locker room. He is now done for the series.

The Thunder now have the chance to close out the series when they welcome Dallas to Oklahoma City on Monday.

Clippers (4) 88, Trail Blazers (5) 96

The Portland Trail Blazers got their first win of the 2016 playoffs on Saturday night, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers 96-88.

After two blowout losses in Los Angeles, the Western Conference's fifth seeds found form at home as they shot 42 percent from the field - their first time above 40 in the series.

Damian Lillard was the catalyst for the win as, after opening the game with a three-pointer, the point guard finished with 32 points. Fellow guard C.J. McCollum added 28 points while Mason Plumlee racked up phenomenal 21 rebounds.

Portland benefitted from a hot start to the game and led by as many as 11 points at one stage. The Clippers, though, remained in contention and actually took the lead 78-77 with just over six minutes remaining.

The Trail Blazers were able to finish strong, though, with Lillard scoring the go-ahead points with 2:36 left on the secure a crucial win.

Chris Paul top-scored for the Clippers with 26 points and Deandre Jordan finished with a 11 point, 16 rebound double-double.

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