Westbrook’s triple-double helps Thunder rally past Jazz
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook scored 34 points in his seventh triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 17 points down in the second half to defeat the Utah Jazz 100-94 on Tuesday night.
Westbrook finished with 14 assists and 13 rebounds. Paul George scored 21 points, Steven Adams had 20 points and nine rebounds and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder, who won their third straight.
Rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 31 points and Joe Ingles added 16 for the Jazz, who had won six straight and scored at least 106 points in each game.
The Jazz led 47-39 at halftime, and they opened things up even more early in the third quarter. A driving layup by Alec Burks put the Jazz up 72-55 as the Thunder continued to misfire on open shots.
Westbrook closed out the third quarter strong and helped the Thunder cut Utah’s lead to 80-68 by the end of the period. He scored 11 points in the quarter.
The Thunder finally took the lead on a layup by Westbrook with about four minutes remaining.
WIZARDS 106, TRAIL BLAZERS 92
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points, and Washington bounced back from a demoralizing loss the night before to beat Portland.
Beal made 21 field goals, also a career high, and the Wizards led by as many as 23 points. He hit five 3-pointers.
Damian Lillard finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Blazers, who have lost three straight at home after returning from a 4-1 trip.
Portland was hurt midway through the final quarter when center Jusuf Nurkic limped off the court and to the locker room after appearing to injure his right ankle. He had 15 points and nine rebounds before leaving.
The Wizards were coming off a 116-69 loss Monday night at Utah, the second-largest losing margin in franchise history.
RAPTORS 126, SUNS 113
TORONTO (AP) – Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points and Toronto beat Phoenix, improving its NBA-best home record to 9-1.
Suns guard Devin Booker had to be carried off the floor by two teammates after suffering an apparent leg injury with 2:40 remaining and Phoenix trailing by 11. Booker froze in pain while playing defense and did not move as trainers came out to examine him.
Booker, who shook off a 2-for-11 start to score a season-high 46 points Monday in a win at Philadelphia, shot 0 for 7 in the first half Tuesday. He finished 4-for-15 with 19 points, including 10 of 12 from the foul line.
Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and OG Anunoby matched his career high with 16 as Toronto won its fourth straight.
The Raptors, who have scored 100 or more points in 10 consecutive games, almost reached triple digits in three quarters Tuesday. Toronto led 97-79 heading to the fourth.