Westbrook triple-double ends skid, Rockets win in OT
Russell Westbrook led the way as the Oklahoma City Thunder ended their three-game losing streak, while James Harden inspired the Houston Rockets in overtime.
Westbrook claimed his 25th triple-double of the season in Oklahoma City’s 114-102 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in NBA action on Friday.
Harden had 42 points as the Rockets rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 121-117.
The Orlando Magic heaped further misery on the Toronto Raptors, winning 102-94.
WESTBROOK LIFTS THUNDER
The All-Star guard recorded 38 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.
Thunder team-mate Steven Adams added a double-double via 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 31 points.
ROCKETS SOAR AS HARDEN STARS
Harden fell just short of a triple-double in Houston.
The All-Star had 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and he made a jumper with 36.1 seconds remaining in overtime before making a free throw to see the Rockets to victory.
TORONTO’S WOES CONTINUE
Friday’s loss marked Toronto’s seventh defeat in nine games.
The Raptors have struggled without All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, who has missed six games.
Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell had 18 points apiece.
The Magic were led by 20 points each from Serge Ibaka and Evan Fournier.
JOKIC BRINGS UP TRIPLE-DOUBLE
…and Nikola got his first triple-double IN STYLE.
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WINS FOR CELTICS, NUGGETS
Isaiah Thomas guided the Boston Celtics to a 113-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Denver Nuggets outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks 121-117.
The Detroit Pistons overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108, the Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-97, the Dallas Mavericks were 108-104 winners against the Portland Trail Blazers and the Phoenix Suns trumped the Sacramento Kings 105-103.
WARRIORS PUT STREAK ON LINE
The in-form Golden State Warriors can make it six wins in a row with victory at the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. LeBron James and reigning NBA champions the Cleveland Cavaliers face the New York Knicks.