West­brook leads Ok­la­homa come­back for OT vic­tory

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Rus­sell West­brook had 36 points, 18 as­sists and 12 re­bounds for his sixth triple-dou­ble, and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the Den­ver Nuggets 132-129 in over­time on Fri­day night. West­brook scored 24 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time to help the Thun­der rally from 13 down and end a three-game los­ing streak. His 18 as­sists were a sea­son high. Vic­tor Oladipo had 26 points for the Thun­der. West­brook scored 17 points in the fourth quar­ter to start the come­back. His two free throws with 9.5 sec­onds left made it 122119, but Den­ver tied it when Steven Adams fouled Ja­mal Mur­ray on a 3-point at­tempt and the rookie hit the free throws. Ken­neth Faried blocked West­brook’s layup at the horn to send it into over­time. Wil­son Chan­dler fin­ished with a sea­son-high 30 points and 11 re­bounds. Jameer Nel­son had 21 points and 13 as­sists, both sea­son highs, for the Nuggets.

SPURS 109, CELTICS 103

Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and 10 re­bounds and Patty Mills scored 19 to lead San An­to­nio to its eighth straight vic­tory. Mills made a 3-pointer with 45 sec­onds left af­ter the Celtics made it a one-pos­ses­sion game. David Lee had 15 points and 12 re­bounds, and rookie Davis Ber­tans scored a ca­reer-high 15 to help the Spurs im­prove to 9-0 on the road this sea­son. San An­to­nio beat Bos­ton for the 10th straight time. Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points with eight as­sists and Avery Bradley had 19 points and eight re­bounds for Bos­ton, which had won three in a row.

CAVA­LIERS 128, MAV­ER­ICKS 90

Kevin Love scored 27 points, Kyrie Irv­ing added 25 and Cleve­land led by as many as 45 points in a rout of Dal­las. Love hit seven 3-point­ers while Irv­ing, who made his first 10 shots, scored 19 points in the first quar­ter. Irv­ing’s big quar­ter came two nights af­ter Love scored an NBA-record 34 in the first against Port­land. LeBron James, play­ing in his 1,000th reg­u­lar-sea­son game, had 19 points and 11 as­sists. The de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons faced lit­tle re­sis­tance from the team with the league’s worst record. Dal­las scored the game’s first bas­ket be­fore the Cava­liers turned the game into a rout. Cleve­land led 36-16 af­ter one quar­ter and was ahead 68-28 late in the sec­ond. Dirk Now­itzki, who ap­peared in only his fifth game of the sea­son be­cause of an in­jured right Achilles, scored 15 points for Dal­las.

ROCK­ETS 117, KINGS 104

James Har­den had 23 points, 10 re­bounds and 10 as­sists in his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son, and Hous­ton set an NBA record with 50 3-point at­tempts in its vic­tory over Sacra­mento. The Rock­ets went 21 of 50 from be­yond the arc and came within two makes of match­ing the sin­glegame record they al­ready share with the Or­lando Magic. The Rock­ets made eight 3s in the first quar­ter, six in the sec­ond, three in the third and four in the fourth. Trevor Ariza added 18 points and nine re­bounds, while Clint Capela scored 17 points to lead Hous­ton to its eighth win in the last nine games be­tween the teams. De­Mar­cus Cousins had 32 points and nine re­bounds for Sacra­mento de­spite be­ing hin­dered by foul trou­ble much of the sec­ond half. Cousins made four con­sec­u­tive 3point­ers late in the fourth quar­ter when the Kings pulled within 112-104.

WAR­RIORS 109, LAK­ERS 85

Kevin Du­rant had 29 points, nine as­sists and six re­bounds, and Golden State beat in­jury-de­pleted Los An­ge­les for the sec­ond time in three days. Stephen Curry scored 24 points and Klay Thomp­son had 18 in the War­riors’ 10th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. They fol­lowed up their 43-point win in Oak­land on Wed­nes­day with another com­fort­able win in these clubs’ fifth meet­ing in 43 days. Dray­mond Green had 12 points and eight re­bounds be­fore leav­ing in the third quar­ter with a bruised left an­kle from a col­li­sion with team­mate Ian Clark. Jor­dan Clark­son scored 20 points for the Lak­ers, who played with­out in­jured starters Julius Ran­dle, Nick Young and D’An­gelo Rus­sell.

KNICKS 113, HOR­NETS 111, OT

Carmelo An­thony scored a sea­son-high 35 points, in­clud­ing the tiebreak­ing jumper with 3.1 sec­onds left in over­time, and New York beat Char­lotte. Der­rick Rose added 16 points and blocked Kemba Walker’s 3-pointer that would have won it just be­fore the buzzer. Kristaps Porzingis also scored 16 points in the Knicks’ sixth straight home vic­tory. For­mer Hor­nets guard Court­ney Lee fin­ished with 12 points in the opener of a home­and-home se­ries.Marco Be­linelli scored 19 points, Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 18 and Walker added 17 for the Hor­nets, who have lost four straight games.

Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope had 16 points and a ca­reer-high 10 as­sists as Detroit beat Los An­ge­les. Detroit won its sec­ond straight and im­proved to 72 at home, as op­posed to 1-7 on the road. The Clip­pers lost for just the sec­ond time in 13 games, fall­ing to 7-1 on the road. Marcus Mor­ris scored 17 points and An­dre Drum­mond had 16 points and 10 re­bounds, as the Pis­tons got at least 15 points from all five starters. Jon Leuer added 11 points and 11 re­bounds off the bench. J.J. Redick and Blake Grif­fith each had 24 points for the Clip­pers, while Chris Paul had eight points to go with 15 as­sists.

TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 119, PEL­I­CANS 104

Damian Lil­lard scored 27 points, CJ McCol­lum added 24 and Port­land snapped New Or­leans’ fourgame win­ning streak. Lil­lard added 11 as­sists for the Blaz­ers, who were com­ing off a 1-4 road trip. It was the 2,000th win in fran­chise his­tory. An­thony Davis, who went into the game ranked sec­ond in the league with an av­er­age of 31.3 points a game, led the Pel­i­cans with 31 points and 13 re­bounds.

JAZZ 95, HAWKS 68

Gor­don Hayward scored 24 points as Utah beat At­lanta, which has lost four of five af­ter start­ing the sea­son 9-2. Hayward was un­stop­pable early and started the game mak­ing his first six shots. Utah used a 23-2 run early in the fourth quar­ter to put the game away as Ge­orge Hill hit a pair 3-point­ers and Rudy Gobert con­verted a three-point play. Hill fin­ished with 23 and Gobert notched dou­ble-dou­ble No. 8 with 10 points, 10 re­bounds and five blocks. Den­nis Schroder scored a team-high 16 for the Hawks (10-6) and Paul Mill­sap added 11. At­lanta shot just 31.3 per­cent from the field. The Jazz (9-8) won the sec­ond quar­ter 24-11 to push its lead to 48-34 at half­time. They used a 20-3 run to build the cush­ion, high­lighted by a be­hind-the­back drib­ble, pull-up jumper by Hill fol­lowed by a 3-pointer from the vet­eran.

BULLS 105, 76ERS 89

Jimmy But­ler and Dwyane Wade had 26 points apiece to lead Chicago over Philadel­phia. Taj Gib­son added 12 points for the Bulls, who fin­ished a six-game road trip with a 4-2 record. But­ler rested for the en­tire fourth quar­ter of the blowout. Chicago led from start to fin­ish against the short­handed 76ers, who played with­out cen­ter Joel Em­biid. A lead­ing can­di­date for Rookie of the Year, Em­biid missed his fifth game as part of his re­hab plan for a foot in­jury that cost him the last two sea­sons. Em­biid is av­er­ag­ing 17.8 points and 7.6 re­bounds in just 22.6 min­utes as he is on a min­utes re­stric­tion.

HEAT 90, GRIZ­ZLIES 81

Tyler John­son matched his sea­son high with 22 points, Dion Wait­ers added 15 and Mi­ami snapped its two-game los­ing streak by beat­ing Mem­phis. James John­son added 13 points and Josh Richard­son fin­ished with 12 for Mi­ami in the game that matched Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra against his for­mer as­sis­tant, first-year Mem­phis coach David Fiz­dale. Mike Con­ley, who came off the bench, led Mem­phis with 16 points but shot only 5 of 15 from the field. JaMy­chal Green fin­ished with 14 points for Mem­phis, which played with­out Zach Ran­dolph fol­low­ing his mother’s death and had its six-game win­ning streak snapped. Mi­ami shot 12 of 31 out­side the arc and forced 18 turnovers, lead­ing to 23 points.

RAP­TORS 105, BUCKS 99

DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and Kyle Lowry added 19 to lead Toronto over Mil­wau­kee. DeRozan again tor­mented the Bucks and Toronto hit 14 3-point­ers to con­tinue its dom­i­nance against Mil­wau­kee. The Rap­tors have won 11 of the last 12 meet­ings. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 29 points and added 11 as­sists, while Tony Snell had a sea­son-high 16 points for the Bucks. With the game on the line, Lowry hit a 3-pointer and DeRozan knocked down a con­tested jumper with 16 sec­onds left to seal the vic­tory. Two nights af­ter the Rap­tors made 12 3-point­ers in a win at Hous­ton, they went 14 of 31 from be­hind the arc against the Bucks, who came in with the No. 1 de­fen­sive 3point per­cent­age in the league at 30.6 per­cent.

PAC­ERS 118, NETS 97

Glenn Robin­son III scored 20 points as In­di­ana beat Brook­lyn. The Pac­ers opened the sec­ond half with a 20-5 run and led by as many 31 points. Rod­ney Stuckey scored 18 points, and Al Jef­fer­son and Myles Turner each fin­ished with 16. Robin­son was one of six Pac­ers to score in dou­ble fig­ures. Paul Ge­orge sat out Fri­day night, nurs­ing a sore left an­kle. Brook Lopez fin­ished with 20 points for the Nets.

WIZARDS 94, MAGIC 91

John Wall had 26 points and 10 as­sists to help Wash­ing­ton hold on and beat Or­lando. Wall scored the Wizards’ last eight points as Wash­ing­ton held on af­ter sur­ren­der­ing a 19-point, first-quar­ter lead. Otto Porter Jr. scored 19 for Wash­ing­ton and all five starters fin­ished in dou­ble fig­ures. Serge Ibaka led the Magic with 19 points, while Nikola Vuce­vic con­trib­uted 17 points and 17 re­bounds. El­frid Pay­ton scored 15 points, all in the sec­ond half, as Or­lando lost its third straight game.

TIM­BER­WOLVES 98, SUNS 85

Andrew Wig­gins scored 25 points, Karl-An­thony Towns added 22 and Min­nesota ral­lied from a 10point, fourth-quar­ter deficit to beat Phoenix. Eric Bled­soe scored 23 for the Suns, who were just back from a six-game road trip. Min­nesota used a 27-6 out­burst to quickly erase the Phoenix lead and pull away, snap­ping a three-game los­ing streak. The Tim­ber­wolves outscored Phoenix 31-10 in the fourth quar­ter. The Suns com­mit­ted a sea­son-high 26 turnovers, re­sult­ing in 23 Min­nesota points. Phoenix also was just 6 of 26 from 3-point range. Bran­don Knight added 15 points for Phoenix but only two in the sec­ond half. Devin Booker scored 11. —AP

DEN­VER: Den­ver Nuggets for­ward Ken­neth Faried (35) blocks a shot by Ok­la­homa City Thun­der guard Rus­sell West­brook (0) in the clos­ing mo­ments of the sec­ond half of an NBA basketball game, Fri­day, in Den­ver. Ok­la­homa City won in over­time, 132-129. — AP

PIS­TONS 108, CLIP­PERS 97

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