Thunder’s Westbrook notches 27th triple-double of the season
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and had his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night.
Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson’s 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain’s 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career.
Victor Oladipo added 21 points for the Thunder. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks, and Derrick Rose added 25.
CELTICS 116, 76ERS 108
BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and the surging Boston Celtics held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-108 on Wednesday night.
It was the 40th straight 20-point game for Thomas, tying the team record set by John Havlicek during the 1971-72 season. Marcus Smart added 21 points and eight steals for the Celtics.
Boston has won four in a row and 11 of 12. Philadelphia had won three straight.
Dario Saric led the 76ers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Robert Covington added 18 points.
CAVALIERS 113, PACERS 104
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, Kyrie Irving added 26, Kyle Korver made six 3-pointers and Cleveland beat Indiana to roll into the All-Star break with its seventh win in eight games.
Irving and Korver combined to make four 3s in the first 2:50 of the fourth quarter — Korver finished with 22 points and became the seventh player with 2,000 career 3s — as the NBA champions improved to 7-1 in February following a drama-and-distraction filled January.
Glenn Robinson III scored 17 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight.
HEAT 117, ROCKETS 109
HOUSTON (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help Miami beat Houston.
Dion Waiters added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Goran Dragic had 21 points for the Heat. They had lost two straight after winning 12 in a row.
James Harden had 38 points 12 rebounds and 12 assists for Houston his 15th triple-double of the season.
BUCKS 129, NETS 125
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before making his All-Star debut, Greg Monroe added 25 and Milwaukee sent Brooklyn Nets to the break on a 14-game skid.
Khris Middleton finished with 20 points in his strongest game since returning from a ruptured left hamstring that forced him to miss the first 50 games. Monroe was 12 for 16 from the field after going 12 for 15 on Monday in a victory over Detroit.
Brook Lopez scored a season-high 36 points for the Nets.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, NUGGETS 99
DENVER (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 40 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 24 points and 18 rebounds in Minnesota’s victory over Denver.
Wiggins’ second 40-plus game in 24 hours helped the Timberwolves split the season series.
The Nuggets went cold 48 hours after blowing out Golden State behind an NBA record-tying 24 3-pointers on 40 tries. They made just 11 of 34 from long range this time, and Nicola Jokic shot just 6 of 19 from the floor for 15 hard-earned points.
SUNS 137, LAKERS 101
PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had his third career triple-double, the first for a Phoenix player since November 2015, and the Suns routed Los Angeles.
Bledsoe got his 10th rebound with 6:06 to go and exited shortly after, finishing with 25 points and a season high-tying 13 assists. Devin Booker scored 23 points.
Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell led Los Angeles with 21 points apiece.
RAPTORS 90, HORNETS 85
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Toronto overcame a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Charlotte.
Norman Powell had 17 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Raptors. Frank Kaminsky had 27 points, and Kemba Walker added 24 points and nine assists for Charlotte.
SPURS 107, MAGIC 79
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading San Antonio past short-handed Orlando.
Orlando was down a key player after newly acquired swingman Terrence Ross was unable to suit up because Serge Ibaka didn’t complete his physical in time in Toronto. The Magic sent Ibaka to Toronto for Ross and a first-round draft pick Tuesday.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
PELICANS 95, GRIZZLIES 91
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Solomon Hill scored a season-high 23 points and Anthony Davis added 18, including a key basket with 38.8 seconds left that helped New Orleans hold off Memphis.
Jrue Holiday had 19 points and seven assists for New Orleans. Alexis Ajinca added 12 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 17 points.
PISTONS 98, MAVERICKS 91
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and Detroit beat Dallas.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Tobias Harris 13. Dirk Nowitzki had 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter to help the Mavericks rally.
JAZZ 111, TRAIL BLAZERS 88
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and George Hill added 19 for Utah.
Joe Ingles had 18 points for the Jazz, and Rudy Gobert had 13 points and 12 rebounds. CJ McCollum had 18 points for Portland.