WEST­BROOK LEADS BY WAY OF 14TH TRIPLE-DOU­BLE

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bos­ton» Rus­sell West­brook had his 14th triple-dou­ble of the season and his third straight 40-point game, scor­ing 45 points with 11 as­sists and 11 re­bounds on Fri­day night to lead the Thun­der to a 117-112 vic­tory over the Celtics.

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 in the fourth quar­ter, in­clud­ing eight straight dur­ing a 10-0 run that flipped a 104-100 deficit into a six-point lead.

FRI­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

El­frid Pay­ton had 25 points and nine as­sists and the Magic blocked nine shots in the first quar­ter in a 109-90 vic­tory over the Lak­ers. Serge Ibaka added 19 points, 11 re­bounds and five blocks for Or­lando. … Nic Ba­tum had 20 points, 11 re­bounds and 10 as­sists for his first triple-dou­ble of the season, and the Hor­nets beat the Bulls 103-91. It was Ba­tum’s sev­enth triple-dou­ble of his ca­reer. … LeBron James scored 19 points, Kevin Love added 14 points and 15 re­bounds, and the Cava­liers rolled past the Nets, 119-99. James, Love and Kyrie Irv­ing, who had 13 points and 10 as­sists, were all re­moved with 3:57 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter and Cleve­land lead­ing 90-48. The lop­sided mar­gin gave the Cava­liers a chance to rest their stars head­ing into Sun­day’s show­down with the War­riors. … Dray­mond Green made a tiebreak­ing dunk with 1:31 left and Kevin Du­rant scored 32 points de­spite play­ing in foul trou­ble, lift­ing the War­riors to 119-113 vic­tory over the Pis­tons. Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight as­sists, Klay Thomp­son scored 17 points, in­clud­ing two on a lead-pad­ding jumper with 22 sec­onds to go. The NBA-lead­ing War­riors have won seven straight. … Mike Con­ley scored 24 points and Zach Ran­dolph added 16 to help the Griz­zlies beat the Rock­ets 115-109. … An­thony Davis had 28 points, a ca­reer-high 22 re­bounds and four blocked shots, and the Pel­i­cans over­came a 14-point deficit to beat the Heat 91-87. … DeMar­cus Cousins scored 32 points, in­clud­ing 21 in the sec­ond half, and the Kings came back to beat the Tim­ber­wolves 109-105. … Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had a ca­reer-high 39 points and the Bucks had no trou­ble beat­ing the Wizards 123-96. … 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 the Rap­tors to a 104-98 vic­tory over the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan, had 24 points. … Eric Bled­soe scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quar­ter and had 11 as­sists, lead­ing the Suns to a 123-116 come-from-be­hind vic­tory over the 76ers. Devin Booker added 23 points for the Suns.

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