Oklahoma City blew past the Los Angeles Clippers in a 120-108 victory that lacked the drama of the two teams’ previous engagement—an OKC choke-job loss on March 2.
Westbrook was in peak I-will-devour-all-who-stand-before-me form in this one, hurtling up and down the floor on the way to 25 points, 20 assists and 11 rebounds. It was his 11th triple-double of the season and probably the one the struggling Thunder needed most.
ESPN Stats & Info had the historical context ready:
Last night, Russell Westbrook became 1st player with 25 Pts, 20 Ast & 10 Reb in a game since Magic Johnson (1988) pic.twitter.com/wKvhSnd1vo
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 10, 2016
Durant’s 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists were somehow inconspicuous by comparison.
Warriors 115, Jazz 94
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for three 3-pointers in the final 58 seconds of the second quarter Wednesday night, helping the Golden State Warriors break open a close game and pull away from the Utah Jazz en route to a 115-94 victory.
Curry (three) and Thompson (five) combined for eight 3-pointers in the game, giving them an even 500 for the season, as the Warriors (57-6) won their 27th in a row at home this season and 46th straight at Oracle Arena dating back to last January.
Curry finished with just 12 points, but Thompson poured in 23, and Draymond Green had 17. Trey Burke led the Jazz with 18 points, and Gordon Hayward had 16.
Cavaliers 120, Kings 111
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kyrie Irving scored 30 points, and LeBron James added 25 points and 11 rebounds to leave Cleveland past Sacramento.
James’ 3-pointer kick-started a 13-4 fourth-quarter run that helped hold off the Kings. Tristan Thompson contributed 18 points and 15 rebounds for Cleveland.
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento but also picked up a technical foul to help fuel Cleveland’s decisive run.
Celtics 116, Grizzlies 96
BOSTON — Erupting for 31 third-quarter points, including 16 by Isaiah Thomas, Boston routed depleted Memphis for its 14th consecutive home victory.
The Grizzlies, already missing four injured starters, lost Mario Chalmers to what appeared to be a right ankle injury in the third quarter.
Thomas led all scorers with 22 points and added five assists. Evan Turner had 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds off the Boston bench. Vince Carter and JaMychal Green paced Memphis with 17 points apiece.
Hornets 122, Pelicans 113
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 35 points to lead seven Charlotte players in double figures, and the Hornets won their fifth straight.
The Hornets withstood a two-man assault from New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (40 points, 13 rebounds) and Jrue Holiday (38 points, six assists).
Walker’s fall-away jumper with 2:51 gave Charlotte the lead for good, and then he tacked on four free throws on the Hornets’ next two possessions. His 3-pointer with 26.2 seconds pushed the lead to nine and settled the outcome for good as the Hornets won for the 11th time in 13 games.
Rockets 118, 76ers 104
PHILADELPHIA — James Harden scored 29 points to go along with nine rebounds and eight assists, Dwight Howard added 21 points and 18 rebounds and Houston defeated Philadelphia.
Patrick Beverley scored 16 points and Trevor Ariza contributed 15 for the Rockets, who won their second straight game.
Ish Smith led the reeling Sixers with 21 points, while Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington scored 17 apiece. Philadelphia took its 13th consecutive loss.
Bucks 114, Heat 108
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, Jabari Parker added 23, and Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.
Antetokounmpo made nine of 15 shots from the field for the Bucks, who shot 52 percent from the floor and hit four of eight 3-pointers.
Milwaukee also got 20 points from Khris Middleton and 18 from Mason Plumlee. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points off the bench to lead Miami, which also got 20 from Luol Deng and 18 from Dwyane Wade.
Pistons 102, Mavericks 96
DALLAS — Andre Drummond bullied Dallas for 25 points and 17 rebounds, leading Detroit to a victory.
All five Detroit starters scored in double figures as the surging Pistons moved into a virtual tie with the limping Chicago Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Marcus Morris added 20 points for the Pistons. The Mavericks got 25 points apiece from Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.
Knicks 128, Suns 97
PHOENIX — Sasha Vujacic and Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points each, and New York hit 16 of 24 3-pointers in a rout of Phoenix.
Vujacic, starting for the first time since Nov. 10 in place of Arron Afflalo (right abdominal strain), hit six of seven 3-pointers. The point total was his season high, and it came within two points of his career high as New York won for just the fifth time in the past 22 games.
Devin Booker scored a game-high 32 points for the Suns.