No triple-double, but Westbrook leads OKC to victory anyway
THUNDER 110, KINGS 94
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.