It is more than likely that Russell Westbrook will end the regular season averaging a triple-double. Last night he recorded his 35th and became the first player in NBA history to have a triple with a perfect field-goal percentage.
Westbrook wonders lead Thunder past 76ers
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-97 on the back of Russell Westbrook’s 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists – he shot 100 percent from the field. Enes Kanter had a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double and Nigerian-American Victor Oladipo finished with 18 points.
Nik Stauskas led the Sixers with 20 points, Shawn Long had 13 points and six rebounds, while Robert Covington and Dario Saric combined for 24 with 12 points apiece.
Jazz down Knicks
The Utah Jazz beat the New York Knicks 108-101. Rudy Gobert had a 35-point, 13-rebound double-double, Gordon Hayward 19 points and eight rebounds, and George Hill 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Senegalese-French forward Boris Diaw had five points.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 24 points and seven rebounds, Derrick Rose had 17 points and six assists, and Carmelo Anthony finished with 16 points.
Bucks kick Kings
A 32-point, 13-rebound double-double from Greek-Nigerian forward Giannis Antetokounmpo saw the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings 116-98. Greg Monroe had 15 points and five rebounds, and Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic combined for 26 with 13 points apiece.
The Kings were led by Buddy Hield with 21 points and four rebounds, Tyreke Evans had 18 points, and Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo combined for 24 with 12 points each.
Nuggets hit Cavaliers
The Denver Nuggets stunned the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers 126-113. Gary Harris had 21 points and four assists, Will Barton had 20 points and four rebounds, and Wilson Chandler finished with 18 points and five rebounds.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 33 points, Deron Williams had 19 points and four rebounds, and LeBron James ended the game with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-100. Bradley Beal had 28 points, nine rebounds and four steals, John Wall a 22-point, 10-assist double-double and Markieff Morris ended the night 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Hawks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr with 29 points, Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder had 18 points and six assists, and Dwight Howard finished with a 14-point, 16-rebound double-double.
Nikola Mirotic had 28 points in the Chicago Bulls’ 117-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons, a 25-point game from Isaiah Tomas helped the Boston Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100, and the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Orlando Magic 109-102 on the back of Kemba Walker’s 22 points and seven assists.
By Kaunda Chama