West­brook’s triple-dou­ble leads Thun­der past Nets

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Rus­sell West­brook had 30 points, 13 as­sists and 11 re­bounds in his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son, and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the Brook­lyn Nets 124-105 on Fri­day night. West­brook made 13 of 21 shots and had just three turnovers. It was the 41st ca­reer triple-dou­ble. Vic­tor Oladipo scored 26 points and Steven Adams added 15 to help the Thun­der win their sec­ond straight af­ter a fourgame los­ing streak. Ok­la­homa City shot 55.1 per­cent from the field and out­re­bounded the Nets 46-30. Brook Lopez scored 22 points, and Bo­jan Bog­danovic and Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son each added 13 for the Nets. They have lost three straight.


Klay Thomp­son scored 28 points, Kevin Du­rant had 23 points and 10 re­bounds against the team he spurned this sum­mer and the Golden State War­riors scored 18 points in a row in the third quar­ter to pull away and beat Bos­ton. Stephen Curry had just 16 points - his sec­ond-fewest of the sea­son - while sit­ting out much of the fourth quar­ter as the War­riors cruised to their sixth straight vic­tory. Avery Bradley had 17 points and 10 re­bounds for Bos­ton and Isa­iah Thomas scored a sea­son-low 18.


Kyrie Irv­ing scored 25 points and LeBron James, re­turn­ing to the lineup af­ter sit­ting out a game, added 21 to help Cleve­land rout Detroit. Irv­ing was 11 of 15 from the field with 11 as­sists, one short of his ca­reer high, in 29 min­utes. James, who rested Wed­nes­day night in a loss at In­di­ana, made 9 of 14 shots and played only 28 min­utes. Fol­low­ing a slow start that saw Cleve­land coach Ty­ronn Lue call a time­out less than 2 min­utes into the game, the Cava­liers took over. Cleve­land led by 11 at the end of the first quar­ter, and took a 56-39 lead into half­time. Cleve­land built the lead to 33 points in the fourth quar­ter, al­low­ing Lue to rest his starters for the en­tire final pe­riod. The de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons don’t play again un­til Wed­nes­day night.


An­thony Davis had 38 points, nine re­bounds and four blocks, Jrue Hol­i­day added 21 points in his first ac­tion this sea­son, and New Or­leans beat Port­land. Hol­i­day missed the first 12 games to care for his wife, re­tired soc­cer star Lau­ren Hol­i­day, who had brain surgery last month only weeks af­ter giv­ing birth to the cou­ple’s first child. Ter­rence Jones added 15 points for the Pel­i­cans. They’ve won three of five af­ter an 0-8 start. Damian Lil­lard scored 27 points, and CJ McCol­lum 24 had for Port­land.


Chan­dler Par­sons scored 12 points in his re­turn to Dal­las, help­ing Mem­phis beat the in­jury-plagued Mav­er­icks, who flirted with fran­chise worsts for scor­ing and shoot­ing per­cent­age. Par­sons is still on a min­utes re­stric­tion af­ter both his sea­sons with the Mav­er­icks ended in knee surgery, which played a role in him land­ing with Mem­phis on a max con­tract. But he didn’t need to play much to be the Griz­zlies’ lead­ing scorer in this game. Dal­las was with­out Dirk Now­itzki (strained Achilles) and the top three op­tions at point guard in Deron Wil­liams (left calf strain), J.J. Barea (torn left leg mus­cle) and Devin Har­ris (right toe sprain). The Mav­er­icks avoided the fran­chise-record low of 62 points from 1997 when Argentine rookie Ni­co­las Brussino made a 3-pointer with 24 sec­onds re­main­ing. Dal­las (2-9) matched its worst start since go­ing 2-9 dur­ing Now­itzki’s rookie sea­son in 1998-99.


DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, in­clud­ing four in over­time, and Toronto held Den­ver. It was the 10th time in 12 games this sea­son that DeRozan, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer, has reached 30 points. Ter­rence Ross hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 37.6 sec­onds left in the ex­tra pe­riod, putting Toronto up by two. Den­ver’s Em­manuel Mu­diay was short with a des­per­a­tion heave from half­court at the final buzzer. Kyle Lowry added 18 points and 13 as­sists for Toronto. Mu­diay and Wil­son Chan­dler each scored 25 points to lead the Nuggets. They have lost five of six.


Nic Ba­tum had 24 points and 10 re­bounds, Cody Zeller matched his ca­reer high with 23 points and Char­lotte ral­lied to snap At­lanta’s sixgame win­ning streak. Zeller was 9 of 10 from the field. Kemba Walker over­came a slow start and scored 19 of his 21 points in the sec­ond half for his 10th straight 20-point game. The Hor­nets im­proved to 8-3. Paul Mill­sap led the Hawks with 22 points and 13 re­bounds, and Kent Baze­more had 19 points. Dwight Howard had 10 points and 18 re­bounds be­fore be­ing ejected in the fourth quar­ter.

SUNS 116, PAC­ERS 96

Bran­don Knight scored 17 points and Phoenix beat In­di­ana. Jared Dud­ley added 16 points for the Suns, Alan Wil­liams had 15 points, and Devin Booker and Le­an­dro Bar­bosa 13 each. The Suns im­proved to 4-9 with their sec­ond road vic­tory. Myles Turner led the Pac­ers with 22 points, and Jeff Teague had 21 points and seven as­sists. Pac­ers All-Star Paul Ge­orge did not play for the sec­ond time in three games. He is bat­tling sore­ness in his left an­kle af­ter turn­ing his an­kle in In­di­ana’s over­time loss at Philadel­phia on Nov. 11.


Blake Grif­fin had 29 points, seven re­bounds and six as­sists to lead Los An­ge­les over Sacramento. The Clip­pers (11-2) have won eight of nine and own the NBA’s best record. They led by as many as 26 points in the open­ing half and are un­beaten in six road games this sea­son. J.J. Redick made six 3-point­ers and scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half for the Clip­pers. DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 16 points and 12 re­bounds. Chris Paul added 11 points, 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds. Redick, who con­nected on his first six 3-point at­tempts, has made a 3 in 69 con­sec­u­tive games, the long­est ac­tive streak in the NBA. De­Mar­cus Cousins had 38 points, 13 re­bounds and seven as­sists for the Kings, who have lost four straight.

SPURS 116, LAK­ERS 107

La­Mar­cus Aldridge scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and 12 re­bounds, and San An­to­nio beat Los An­ge­les for its fifth straight vic­tory. Tony Parker had 16 points and seven as­sists for the Spurs, who im­proved to 7-0 on the road this sea­son with their sixth con­sec­u­tive win over the Lak­ers. Lou Wil­liams had 24 points for the Lak­ers, who played with­out in­jured lead­ing scorer D’An­gelo Rus­sell (left knee) for the first time this sea­son. Los An­ge­les still kept it close un­til the final min­utes, when Aldridge and Leonard took turns hit­ting big shots be­fore Parker buried a clinch­ing 17-footer with 33.6 sec­onds left. Pau Ga­sol scored 16 points in his first trip to Sta­ples Cen­ter with the Spurs. — AP


OK­LA­HOMA CITY: Ok­la­homa City Thun­der for­ward Do­man­tas Sabo­nis, bot­tom, works to keep the ball away from Brook­lyn Nets for­ward Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son, left, and for­ward Trevor Booker, right, dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Ok­la­homa City, Fri­day.

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