WESTBROOK LEADS OKC BUT WITHOUT TRIPLE-DOUBLE
oklahoma city» Russell Westbrook’s triple-double streak ended at seven games, but he scored 23 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Thunder defeat the Celtics 99-96 on Sunday night.
Westbrook had 12 rebounds, but “just” six assists. The former UCLA star’s triple-double run was the longest since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The NBA record is nine in a row by Philadelphia’s Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.
Robert Covington had 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova scored 15, leading the 76ers past the Pistons 97-79. Jahlil Okafor finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, and T.J. McConnell added 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the 76ers. … Klay Thompson scored 30 points and the Warriors roared back to avoid their first set of consecutive regular-season losses since 2015 with a 116-108 victory over the Timberwolves. Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, and the Warriors extended their NBA-record streak to 111 regular-season games without losing two in a row. They trailed by 10 to start the fourth quarter, but opened the period with a 25-4 run. … Tim Frazier got his first career tripledouble and the Pelicans rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat the Suns 120-119 in overtime. The victory came despite a 4-for-17 shooting performance by NBA scoring leader Anthony Davis. He finished with 14 points, 16 below his average, but grabbed 12 rebounds. … Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 25 in his return from injury and the Knicks held off the Lakers 118-112. Brandon Jennings scored 15 of his season high-tying 19 points in the fourth quarter.