OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had 28 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Sacramento Kings 110-94 on Saturday.
The Thunder won their fifth straight – the longest current streak in the NBA – and moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference, pending the result of the Los Angeles Clippers’ game against Cleveland later Saturday.
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 during the 1961-62 season.
Georgios Papagiannis had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.
HORNETS 98, WIZARDS 93
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Cody Zeller scored 19 points and Charlotte snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Washington.
Kemba Walker had eight of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and Marvin Williams added 16 points and eight rebounds as the Hornets handed the Wizards their second straight defeat.
The Hornets limited the Wizards to 37 percent shooting from the field.
John Wall had 19 points and eight assists for the Wizards, and Bradley Beal scored 18.
Charlotte entered the night 4+ games back of Miami for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 14 games remaining.
TRAIL BLAZERS 113, HAWKS 97
ATLANTA (AP) – Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Portland took control with a dominant opening quarter to beat Atlanta.
C.J. McCollum had 22 points and Allen Crabbe added 16 for Portland, which raced out to a 17-3 lead and never trailed.
The Trail Blazers, who have won seven of nine, began the night 2+ games behind Denver for the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.
The Hawks have lost three straight, including the last two at home.
Atlanta held out four-time All-Star forward Paul Millsap after he experienced tightness in his left knee during pregame warmups. Ersan Ilyasova, who started for Millsap, had 23 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22.