No triple-dou­ble as West­brook leads Thun­der past Celtics

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY:

Rus­sell West­brook scored 37 points to lead the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der to a 99-96 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Celtics on Sun­day, though his streak of con­sec­u­tive triple­dou­bles ended at seven games. West­brook shot 14 of 26 to go along with 12 re­bounds and six as­sists. He hit 1 of 2 free throws in the fi­nal sec­onds to push the mar­gin to three points be­fore Bos­ton’s Mar­cus Smart missed a 3-point at­tempt that would have tied the score. Steven Adams fin­ished with 16 points and eight re­bounds, and Enes Kan­ter came off the bench to score 14 points for the Thun­der. Al Hor­ford paced the Celtics with 19 points and six re­bounds, and Bos­ton’s Jae Crow­der and Avery Bradley each posted 18 points.

WAR­RIORS 116, TIM­BER­WOLVES 108

Golden State ral­lied past Min­nesota to pre­serve its NBA-record, 111-game streak with­out con­sec­u­tive losses. One night af­ter a road loss to the Mem­phis Griz­zlies, the War­riors put to­gether a big fourth quar­ter to fend off the Tim­ber­wolves. The War­riors trailed by 10 af­ter three quar­ters but outscored Min­nesota 38-20 in the fourth. Klay Thomp­son scored 12 of his 30 points dur­ing a 25-4 Golden State spurt to start the fi­nal pe­riod. Kevin Du­rant added 22 points and eight re­bounds, Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine as­sists, and Dray­mond Green scored 18 for the War­riors. Karl-An­thony Towns tal­lied 25 points and 18 re­bounds, and An­drew Wig­gins and Zach LaVine also scored 25 points for the Wolves.

76ERS 97, PIS­TONS 79

T.J. McCon­nell was one as­sist shy of a triple-dou­ble in his first start of the sea­son as Philadel­phia beat. Start­ing in place of Ser­gio Ro­driguez, McCon­nell had 12 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists for the 76ers, who won back-to-back games for only the sec­ond time this sea­son fol­low­ing a win at New Or­leans on Thurs­day. Robert Cov­ing­ton added 16 points and seven re­bounds for the 76ers. Mar­cus Mor­ris scored a game-high 28 points in de­feat for the Pis­tons.

PEL­I­CANS 120, SUNS 119 (OT)

Jrue Hol­i­day scored 16 of his 23 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time, and Tim Fra­zier posted his first ca­reer triple-dou­ble with 14 points, 11 re­bounds and 11 as­sists as New Or­leans ral­lied from 15 points down in the third quar­ter to beat Phoenix. The Pel­i­cans snapped a five-game los­ing streak and won for the first time since Nov. 29 de­spite get­ting only 14 points from An­thony Davis, well be­low his league-lead­ing av­er­age of 31.4 per game. Davis added a team-high 12 re­bounds. Eric Bled­soe had 32 points and eight as­sists be­fore foul­ing out in over­time for the Suns, who missed a chance at their Toronto Knicks Bos­ton Brook­lyn Philadel­phia

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KNICKS 118, LAK­ERS 112

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sec­ond set of back-to-back wins this year. Tyson Chan­dler had 14 points and 21 re­bounds for Phoenix.

Der­rick Rose re­turned to the New York lineup and torched the Los Angeles back­court for 25 points. Rose missed the pre­vi­ous two games with back pain but hit 12 of 16 shots from the field against the Lak­ers. On an Ok­la­homa City Port­land Den­ver Min­nesota

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off night for Carmelo An­thony (13 points on 4-of-16 shoot­ing), Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks in scor­ing with 26 points, ad­ding 12 re­bounds and seven blocked shots. Bran­don Jen­nings came off the bench to score 19 cru­cial points for the Knicks (14-10). It is the first time New York is four games over .500 since Phil Jackson was hired as pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball op­er­a­tions in March 2014. Lou Wil­liams led the Lak­ers with 24 points.— Reuters

DOHA: The cup of the friendly foot­ball match be­tween FC Barcelona and Saudi’s Al-Ahli is dis­played dur­ing a press con­fer­ence in Doha yes­ter­day, on the eve of the match. — AFP

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