West­brook triple-dou­ble leads Thun­der past Celtics

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Russell West­brook had his 14th triple-dou­ble of the sea­son and his third straight 40-point game, fin­ish­ing with 45 points, 11 as­sists and 11 re­bounds to lead the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der to a 117-112 victory over the Boston Celtics on Fri­day night. West­brook missed his first five shots but scored the last seven points of the first half as the Thun­der turned a three-point deficit into a four-point lead. He scored 18 points in the fourth quar­ter, in­clud­ing eight straight dur­ing a 10-0 run that flipped a 104-100 deficit into a six-point lead. Rookie Do­man­tas Sabo­nis topped his ca­reer high by half­time and fin­ished with 20 points for Ok­la­homa City. Enes Kan­ter also had 20 points. Isa­iah Thomas had 34 points and 10 as­sists for Boston.


Dray­mond Green made a tiebreak­ing dunk with 1:31 left and Kevin Du­rant over­came foul trou­ble to score 32 points, lift­ing Golden State past Detroit. The NBA-lead­ing War­riors have won seven straight, rolling with their new star, Du­rant, as they head into their Christ­mas NBA Fi­nals re­match in Cleveland. The Pistons have lost five in a row. Golden State had a sea­son-high 23 turnovers, sur­pass­ing the 20 it had in a 20-point loss Nov. 4 against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, and Detroit took ad­van­tage of them to score 33 points. Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight as­sists. Tobias Har­ris had a sea­son-high 26 points for Detroit.


LeBron James scored 19 points, Kevin Love added 14 points and 15 re­bounds, and Cleveland rolled past Brook­lyn. The de­fend­ing cham­pion Cava­liers (22-6) never trailed against the Nets and built a 46-point lead in the third quar­ter. The lop­sided mar­gin gave the Cava­liers a chance to rest their stars head­ing into their Sun­day show­down against Golden State. Brook Lopez had 16 points for the Nets.


Mike Con­ley scored 24 points and Zach Ran­dolph and Marc Ga­sol each added 16 to help Memphis beat Hous­ton. Memphis snapped a three-game home skid and ended Hous­ton’s road win­ning streak at five. Ryan An­der­son led Hous­ton with a sea­son-high 31 points. James Harden had 16 points and 17 as­sists.


An­thony Davis had 28 points, a ca­reer-high 22 re­bounds and four blocked shots, and New Or­leans over­came a 14-point deficit to beat Miami Heat 91-87 on Fri­day night. Davis had 19 points and 14 re­bounds af­ter half­time to lead the come­back ef­fort. Jrue Hol­i­day added 22 points for the Pel­i­cans. Go­ran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami.


Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and San An­to­nio handed Port­land its fifth straight loss de­spite rest­ing key play­ers. Patty Mills added 23 points, and for­mer Blazer LaMar­cus Aldridge had 18 points and 14 re­bounds. The Spurs rested Pau Ga­sol, Tony Parker and Manu Gi­no­bili. Damian Lil­lard had 16 points and 10 as­sists for the Trail Blaz­ers. They have lost nine of 10.


DeMar­cus Cousins scored 21 of his 32 points in the sec­ond half and Sacra­mento ral­lied to beat Min­nesota. Cousins hit three 3-point­ers and added seven re­bounds and seven as­sists. Zach LaVine scored a ca­reer-high 40 points and tied a ca­reer best with seven 3s for Min­nesota.


Nic Ba­tum had 20 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists for his first triple-dou­ble of the sea­son and sev­enth over­all to help Char­lotte beat Chicago. Kemba Walker added 20 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points, nine re­bounds and four blocked shots. Jimmy But­ler had 26 points for the Bulls. They have lost five of their last six.


Kyle Lowry took ad­van­tage of a de­pleted Utah guard corps by scor­ing a sea­son-high 36 points, in­clud­ing 19 in the fourth quar­ter, to lead Toronto. Lowry was nearly un­stop­pable as he ei­ther pulled up for a 3-pointer or drove the lane un­fazed by the lurk­ing Rudy Gobert. The point guard shot 9 for 10 in the fi­nal quar­ter as the Rap­tors set a fran­chise record with six straight wins on the road. Gor­don Hay­ward led Utah with 23 points.


El­frid Pay­ton had 25 points and nine as­sists and Or­lando blocked nine shots in the first quar­ter in a victory over Los An­ge­les. Serge Ibaka added 19 points, 11 re­bounds and five blocks for Or­lando. Jordan Clark­son had 18 points for the Lak­ers. They fin­ished a seven-game trip with their 12th loss in 13 games.


Paul Mill­sap capped a 9-0 run in the fi­nal 1:43 with two free throws and At­lanta ral­lied to beat Den­ver. Den­nis Schroder had 27 points and Mill­sap fin­ished with 20 points and eight re­bounds for the in­jury-de­pleted Hawks. At­lanta played its third straight game with­out cen­ter Dwight Howard be­cause of lower back stiff­ness. Danilo Gal­li­nari had 21 points and a sea­son-high 11 re­bounds for the Nuggets.


Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had a ca­reer-high 39 points to help Mil­wau­kee rout Wash­ing­ton. An­te­tok­oun­mpo made 12 of 19 shots and 15 of 17 free throws and had eight re­bounds and six as­sists in 33 min­utes. John Wall and Otto Porter each scored 18 points for Wash­ing­ton.


Har­ri­son Barnes made a 10-foot run­ning jumper with 3.7 sec­onds left for the last f his team-high 24 points as Dal­las beat Los An­ge­les. Dirk Now­itzki, play­ing only in the first half in his re­turn from an Achilles strain af­ter miss­ing 14 con­sec­u­tive games, added 17 points and Wes­ley Matthews 16 for the Mav­er­icks. Ja­mal Craw­ford scored 26 points for the Clip­pers, who were play­ing with­out both of their stars, Chris Paul (ham­string) and Blake Grif­fin (knee).

SUNS 123, 76ERS 116

Eric Bled­soe scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quar­ter and had 11 as­sists, lead­ing Phoenix past Philadel­phia to snap a four-game los­ing streak. Devin Booker added 23 points for the Suns. Joel Em­biid had 27 for the 76ers. — AP

BOSTON: Boston Celtics guard Isa­iah Thomas (4) drib­bles against Ok­la­homa City Thun­der cen­ter Enes Kan­ter (11) in the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Fri­day, in Boston. — AP

PORT­LAND: San An­to­nio Spurs guard Patty Mills, left, and cen­ter De­wayne Ded­mon close in on Port­land Trail Blaz­ers guard Damian Lil­lard dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Port­land, Ore., Fri­day, Dec. 23, 2016. The Spurs won 110-90.— AP

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