Westbrook has triple-double, Thunder beat depleted Spurs
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night.
Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder.
Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had just eight points on 2-for-17 shooting.
Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a 3-pointer and the Thunder rebounded.
Spurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was ”dinged-up.” The Spurs still are waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard’s right quadriceps injury to heal. San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return.
WARRIORS 123, HEAT 95
MIAMI (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 30 points in 30 minutes, Kevin Durant added 24 and the Golden State rode a big third-quarter run to pull away and beat Miami.
Klay Thompson scored 19 points for the Warriors, who started the second half on an 18-3 run and outscored Miami 37-17 in the third. Golden State’s lead was only two at the half, then ballooned to 99-77 going into the fourth.
Curry – playing with a sore finger on his shooting hand – had 16 of his points in the first quarter, then 10 more in the third.
Goran Dragic scored 20 points for the Heat. They led by eight in the early going and 36-33 after the first quarter. The Heat then scored 41 points in the next 24 minutes.
Starting with a layup by Curry late in the half, Golden State made 10 out of 11 shots in one stretch. Curry had two 3-pointers in that third-quarter barrage, and his driving score pushed the lead out to 80-63. At that point, he had 30 points in the game’s first 28 1/2 minutes. He didn’t score again, didn’t even play in the fourth, and the Warriors didn’t need much more help anyway.
ROCKETS 118, LAKERS 95
LOS ANGELES (AP) – James Harden scored 36 points, Eric Gordon added 22 and Houston beat Los Angeles for its seventh consecutive victory.
Chris Paul had 21 points for Houston, which has won six straight road games and 13 of 14 overall. Harden also had nine assists.
Kyle Kuzma led Los Angeles with 22 points, and Brandon Ingram added 18. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball struggled again, missing all four shots from the field and finishing with two points and three assists.
MAGIC 105, KNICKS 100
NEW YORK (AP) – Nikola Vucevic scored 34 points – eight straight in a decisive 10-0 fourth-quarter run – and Orlando beat New York.
With the score tied at 85 midway through the fourth quarter, Vucevic made a short basket, a three-point play and a 3-point shot in succession to give the Magic the lead for good.
Evan Fournier had 20 points, Jonathon Simmons added 16, and Elfrid Payton had 15 for Orlando.
Michael Beasley, who replaced the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup, led the Knicks with 21 points. Courtney Lee had 19, and Enes Kanter added 18 points and 16 rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES 112, CLIPPERS 106
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jimmy Butler scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, Taj Gibson added 20 and Minnesota outlasted Los Angeles.
The Wolves overcame a season-high 30 points from Austin Rivers, who matched his career best with seven 3-pointers. Rivers’ final 3-pointer gave L.A. a 92-91 lead with 6:54 to play before Butler scored nine in a row to send the Clippers to their third straight loss.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota for his NBA-leading 19th double-double of the season.
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