The San Antonio Spurs stayed mere percentage points in front of Oklahoma City for the Western Conference lead after both teams won to intensify their battle in the final month of the NBA season.
The Spurs overpowered Utah 114-104 to remain at the top. Oklahoma City kept pace by beating Toronto 91-75 as Kevin Durant led the way with 23 points. Tony Parker scored 28 and Manu Ginobili added 23 for the surging Spurs. Other NBA results: New York 100, Chicago 99, OT; Boston 103, Philadelphia 79; Miami 98, Detroit 75; New Jersey 122, Cleveland 117, OT; Houston 104, Sacramento 87.