West­brook claims 50th ca­reer triple-dou­ble, Thun­der top Suns

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

— AP

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.

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