Westbrook claims 50th career triple-double, Thunder top Suns
Russell Westbrook had a career-high 22 assists in his 50th triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 114-101 on Saturday. Westbrook also had 26 points and 11 rebounds in his 13th triple-double of the season. He had gone three games without one, yet the leagueís leading scorer continues to average double figures in points, rebounds and assists. Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds and Enes Kanter added 12 points for Oklahoma City, which had dropped two in a row. Thunder guard Victor Oladipo, the teamís No. 2 scorer for the season, missed his third straight game with a right wrist sprain. Devin Booker scored 31 points for the Suns, who have lost six of eight.
CAVALIERS 119, LAKERS 108
LeBron James scored 16 points in the fourth quarter while Kyrie Irving matched a career high with 12 assists as the refreshed Cavaliers finally put away the Lakers in the fourth quarter. Kevin Love had 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, leading the Cavs to their sixth win in seven games. The Cavs were back at full strength after coach Tyronn Lue left James, Love and Irving behind earlier this week for a game in Memphis, a decision that sparked some criticism as fans were denied a chance to see the three stars and Cleveland lost. Irving looked more like himself in his first game in a week, adding 21 points as the Cavs improved to 19-6. Nick Young made eight 3-pointers and scored a season-high 32 for the Lakers, who snapped an eight-game losing streak on Friday in Philadelphia.
HORNETS 107, HAWKS 99
Marvin Williams and Marco Belinelli each scored 19 points as Charlotte snapped a four-game losing streak. Kemba Walker had 18 points and 10 assists for Charlotte, which grabbed control with a big second quarter. Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points for Atlanta and Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 20 points in the third quarter. Dwight Howard grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds, three shy of his career best. The Hawks have lost five of six at home and 12 of 16 overall, a freefall since starting the season 9-2 and tying for the Eastern Conference lead.
PACERS 105, PISTONS 90
Paul George scored 26 points and Jeff Teague added 19, helping Indiana to the road win. The Pacers had six players score in double figures and shot 48 percent from the field while stopping a two-game slide. Glenn Robinson III had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young also scored 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for Detroit and Reggie Jackson finished with 19 points and 10 assists. Tobias Harris added 13 points and Andre Drummond grabbed 15 rebounds. The Pistons shot 38 percent from the field in their third loss in four games.
ROCKETS 111, TIMBERWOLVES 109, OT
James Harden scored 10 of his 28 points in overtime as the Houston Rockets rallied from 12 points down with just over two minutes to beat Minnesota and win their 10th straight game. Harden also had 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets, who have not lost since Nov. 29. Ryan Anderson scored 28 points and Eric Gordon finished with 20. Houston trailed 93-81 with 2:04 to play, but Anderson and Trevor Ariza hit two 3pointers each in a 14-2 run. KarlAnthony Towns had 41 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Minnesota and Zach LaVine scored 24 points. But the Wolves turned the ball over 22 times and couldnít get a stop down the stretch to miss their chance for their first back-to-back wins this season.
WARRIORS 135, TRAIL BLAZERS 90
Kevin Durant scored 34 points and Stephen Curry added 19 points with five 3-pointers as the Warriors pulled away for the easy win. Durant shot 11 for 13 with four 3s in his seventh 30point game and also pulled down 11 rebounds in nearly 31 minutes. Klay Thompson scored 16 points, Draymond Green had 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and reserve Ian Clark added 23 points in a lopsided rematch of the Western Conference semifinals won in five games by Golden State. Damian Lillard scored 20 points playing back home and Maurice Harkless had 17 but Portland looked a step or two behind all night and never could stay with the deep Warriors.
NUGGETS 127, KNICKS 114
Kenneth Faried scored 25 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 22 as the Nuggets beat Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. Anthony, who missed the Knicksí loss at Golden State on Thursday night with a bruised right shoulder, had 29 points against his former team but remained winless in five trips to Denver since he was traded to New York in 2011. Kristaps Porzingis scored 22 points but New York concluded its five-game road trip with a third consecutive loss for its first three-game slide of the season. In the first NBA matchup of brothers Willy Hernangomez of the Knicks and Juancho Hernangomez of the Nuggets, Willy finished with 17 points. Juancho didnít get into the game until the final minute and went 1 for 2 at the free-throw line.
OKLAHOMA CITY: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) and Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa, right, go after the ball in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday.