No triple-dou­ble, but West­brook leads OKC to vic­tory any­way


The Washington Post Sunday - - PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL -

Rus­sell West­brook didn’t get a fifth straight triple-dou­ble, but the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der won its fifth straight game, and that was all he cared about Satur­day.

West­brook had 28 points, eight re­bounds and 10 as­sists to help the Thun­der roll past the vis­it­ing Sacramento Kings, 110-94. Ok­la­homa City has the long­est cur­rent win­ning streak in the NBA.

“We’re get­ting it to­gether, man,” West­brook said. “We had new guys com­ing in fresh off trades. We just had to find ways to get guys go­ing.”

West­brook had a triple-dou­ble in each of the first four games of the streak to raise his sea­son to­tal to 34. He needs seven more in Ok­la­homa City’s fi­nal 13 games to tie Os­car Robert­son for the NBA sin­gle-sea­son record, set in the 1961-62 sea­son.

Steven Adams had 16 points and 13 re­bounds for the Thun­der.

Sacramento stayed close enough so that West­brook didn’t leave the game for good un­til 59 sec­onds re­mained. He said he wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to his stats and Thun­der Coach Billy Dono­van said the same.

“I don’t fol­low it dur­ing the game,” Dono­van said. “I have no idea. Any time I’m mak­ing a de­ci­sion, it’s never a de­ci­sion be­ing made on some­body’s sta­tis­ti­cal line. I’m just try­ing to do what I can to help our team be put in a po­si­tion to win and play to the best of our abil­ity.”

Ge­or­gios Pa­pa­gian­nis had 14 points and 11 re­bounds for Sacramento, which had a two-game win­ning streak snapped.

A 7-0 run gave Sacramento its only lead at 10-9, but a dunk by Adams started an 11-0 spurt by the Thun­der, and the Kings came no closer than eight points the rest of the game.

The Thun­der pushed its lead to 22 points in the sec­ond quar­ter and led 63-41 at half­time af­ter last-minute three-point­ers by Vic­tor Oladipo and West­brook.

GRIZ­ZLIES 104, SPURS 96: Mike Con­ley had 19 points, seven re­bounds and six as­sists, Zach Ran­dolph added 18 points, and Mem­phis stretched its win­ning streak to four with a vic­tory over vis­it­ing San An­to­nio.

The Griz­zlies held an 89-86 lead with 5:45 left, then went on a 9-1 run to match its big­gest ad­van­tage of the game at 98-87 on a three­p­oint play by Marc Ga­sol with 2:30 left.

Ga­sol had 16 points and seven as­sists for Mem­phis, while JaMy­chal Green scored 13 points.

Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 22 points, and LaMar­cus Aldridge had 21 points and nine re­bounds.

BULLS 95, JAZZ 86: Jimmy But­ler scored 23 points and Bobby Por­tis added a ca­reer-high 22 to help Chicago beat vis­it­ing Utah.

Den­zel Valen­tine, who had his first ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble with 11 points and 10 re­bounds, hit three three-point­ers in the fourth quar­ter for the Bulls.

Ge­orge Hill scored 18 points for the Jazz, Gor­don Hay­ward had 14, and Rudy Gobert had 13 points, 13 re­bounds and five blocks.

CLIP­PERS 108, CAVA­LIERS 78: Blake Grif­fin scored 23 points, and Los An­ge­les cap­i­tal­ized on vis­it­ing Cleve­land’s de­ci­sion to rest its top three play­ers to notch an easy vic­tory.

LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irv­ing sat out for the Cava­liers, and the Clip­pers snapped their three-game los­ing streak.

J.J. Redick added 16 points for Los An­ge­les. Richard Jef­fer­son led Cleve­land with 12 points.

TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 113, HAWKS 97: Damian Lil­lard scored 27 points and CJ McCol­lum added 22 to pace Port­land past the Hawks in At­lanta.

Allen Crabbe chipped in with 16 points off the bench for the Trail Blaz­ers, who rolled to a 40-18 lead af­ter one quar­ter en route to win­ning for the sev­enth time in their past nine games.

Er­san Ilyasova scored 23 points and Tim Har­d­away Jr. added 22 for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row.

At­lanta held out for­ward Paul Mill­sap af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced tight­ness in his left knee dur­ing pregame warmups.


Rus­sell West­brook, soar­ing to the bas­ket, had 28 points, eight re­bounds and 10 as­sists for the Thun­der.

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