West­brook in a hurry as Thun­der down Knicks

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Rus­sell West­brook got his third straight triple­dou­ble and nearly did it by half­time, fin­ish­ing with 27 points, 18 re­bounds and 14 as­sists for his NBA-lead­ing eighth of the sea­son as the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the New York Knicks 112-103 on Mon­day night. West­brook had 14 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists at the break and is now av­er­ag­ing a triple-dou­ble for the sea­son, rais­ing his av­er­ages to 30.9 points, 11.3 as­sists and 10.3 re­bounds through more than a month of the sea­son. Enes Kan­ter added a sea­son-high 27 points and grabbed 10 re­bounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 boards in the Thun­der’s third straight vic­tory. Der­rick Rose scored a sea­son-best 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home win­ning streak snapped. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo An­thony had 18, but shot just 4 for 19.


Kevin Du­rant had 25 points and 14 re­bounds, Dray­mond Green blocked two shots in the fi­nal 43.4 sec­onds and Golden State held off At­lanta and its strong bench for a 12th straight vic­tory. Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3-poin­t­ers, and Klay Thomp­son added 20 points as Golden State’s Big Three each reached 20 points for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive game. The War­riors won their sev­enth straight home game and fifth in a row against At­lanta at Or­a­cle Arena while wel­com­ing back Green from a one-game ab­sence while in­jured. Den­nis Schroder scored 24 points for the Hawks. Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 re­bounds, and Paul Mill­sap had 14 points and 14 boards.


Isa­iah Thomas had 25 points and eight as­sists, Avery Bradley added 18 points and Boston beat Mi­ami. Jae Crow­der scored 17 points and Kelly Olynyk had 14 for the Celtics, who beat Mi­ami for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time. The 112 points were the most scored against the Heat this sea­son.

Go­ran Dragic had 27 points and 17 as­sists for the Heat, set­ting sea­son bests in both cat­e­gories. Hassan White­side added 25 points and 17 re­bounds, and Josh Richard­son scored 12. The Heat tied a sea­son low for a quar­ter with 12 points in the se­cond, go­ing into half­time down 48-31. They es­tab­lished a sea­son best with 42 points in the third, yet Boston main­tained a dou­ble-digit lead.


Ge­orge Hill had 24 points, eight re­bounds and four as­sists, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 17 re­bounds to lead Utah over Min­nesota for its third straight win. Gordon Hay­ward scored 24 points and Utah’s top-ranked de­fense put the clamps on young Tim­ber­wolves stars An­drew Wig­gins and Karl-An­thony Towns. Towns had 19 points and 12 re­bounds but shot 8 of 18 and strug­gled with foul trou­ble. Wig­gins scored 13 points on 6-for-16 shoot­ing. All five Wolves starters were in dou­ble fig­ures, in­clud­ing Zach LaVine with 28 points.

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Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and set a team record by hit­ting all six of his 3 poin­t­ers, and Toronto ex­tended its win­ning streak over Philadel­phia to 13 games. Lowry added eight as­sists and four re­bounds. He topped the 5for-5 mark on 3s set by sev­eral other Rap­tors through­out the years.

Six play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures for the Rap­tors (116), who won their third in a row. Ter­rence Ross added a sea­son-high 22 points for Toronto, in­clud­ing a trio of 3s, as the Rap­tors went 13 for 19 (69 per­cent) from be­yond the arc. Robert Cov­ing­ton led the 76ers with 20 points, go­ing 6 for 9 from 3-point range. Jahlil Okafor had 15 points for the Six­ers (4-14), who lost their fourth straight. Philadel­phia has dropped all six road games this sea­son. The team’s los­ing streak away from home is at 22 games dat­ing to last sea­son.


Bradley Beal made a ca­reer-high seven 3-poin­t­ers and fin­ished with 31 points as Washington re­cov­ered af­ter giv­ing up a late lead and beat Sacra­mento in over­time. John Wall had 19 points and 11 as­sists for the Wizards, but com­mit­ted a ca­reer-high 11 turnovers. Washington had a sea­son-high 24 give­aways, but held the Kings to three points in over­time af­ter see­ing an eight-point lead evap­o­rate over the fi­nal 5:12 of reg­u­la­tion. DeMar­cus Cousins had 36 points and a sea­son-high 20 re­bounds for Sacra­mento, which also com­mit­ted its most turnovers of the sea­son with 20.


Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points apiece, and Charlotte built an early lead on the way to beat­ing Mem­phis. Walker and Lamb were a com­bined 14 of 25 from the field, in­clud­ing 7 for 13 on 3-point at­tempts. The rest of the Hor­nets were 2 of 13 from out­side the arc. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 14 points and Frank Kamin­sky added 12 for the Hor­nets, who won their se­cond straight af­ter a four-game los­ing streak. Lamb grabbed nine re­bounds. Marc Ga­sol led the Griz­zlies with 19 points and eight re­bounds. Mike Conley had 15 points be­fore leav­ing in the third quar­ter with a lower back in­jury. — AP

NEW YORK: Der­rick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks puts up a shot against the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der dur­ing the se­cond half at Madi­son Square Gar­den on Mon­day in New York City. — AFP

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