Although the Oklahoma City Thunder were defeated by the Houston Rockets in one of last night’s big Western Conference clashes, Russell Westbrook had a huge triple-double and seems to still have his eye on beating Oscar Robertson’s record for most triples in a season.
Rockets strike Thunder
The Houston Rockets got off to a great start and led the entire game, at one stage by as much as 21 points, to beat OKC 137-125. Trevor Ariza had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists, Eric Gordon 24 points and James Harden a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with a 39-point, 11-rebound, 13-assist triple-double, Enes Kanter had 23 points and four rebounds, and Nigerian-American guard Victor Oladipo finished with 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Bulls gore Bucks
The Chicago Bulls beat the Bucks 109-94 in Milwaukee. Nikola Mirotic had 28 points and eight rebounds, Jimmy Butler a 20-point, 14-assist double-double, and Rajon Rondo 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Greg Monroe had 16 points and four rebounds, and Khris Middleton 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.
Kings down Clippers
Buddy Hield’s 15 points and seven rebounds helped the Sacramento Kings defeat the LA Clippers 98-97 in their tightly contested matchup. Darren Collison had 19 points and four assists, while Anthony Tolliver had 15 points.
The Clippers were led by DeAndre Jordan with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double, Chris Paul had 17 points, four rebounds and nine assists, Blake Griffin had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Cameroonian forward Luc Mbah a Moute finished with five points.
The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on the back of Damian Lillard’s 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Allen Crabbe had 18 points and six rebounds, and CJ McCollum ended the game with 13 points.
D‘Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 22 points, Jordan Clarkson had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Ivika Zubac finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Warriors tame Grizzlies
The Golden State Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 106-94 on Klay Thompson’s 31 points, Stephen Curry had a 21-point, 11-assist double-double, and Andre Iguodala 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Mike Conley had 29 points and six assists for the Memphis, Zach Randolph had 15 points and five rebounds, and JaMychal Green finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
A 31-point, 15-rebound double-double from Anthony Davis helped the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets 115-90, the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat 112-108 on the back of Isaiah Thomas’ 30 points, the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-94, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Hawks 107-92 in Atlanta and a 31-point game from Kemba Walker helped the Charlotte Hornets beat the Phoenix Suns 120-106.
By Kaunda Chama