NBA recap: Russell Westbrook makes historical past in Wizards’ OT win
Russell Westbrook recorded the 181st career triple-double, tying Oscar Robertson’s all-time NBA record, and scored the game-winning free throws with one second remaining in overtime to give the Washington Wizards a 133-132 win over Indiana Pacers perform on Saturday in Indianapolis.
Westbrook finished the race with 33 points, including the last two points in Washington in regulating a finger throw in traffic and game highs of 19 rebounds and 15 assists. The Wizards (32-36) overcame a 12 point deficit in the fourth quarter behind Westbrook’s historic night and 50 points from Bradley Beal.
Edmond Sumner hit a midfielder to give Indiana (31-36) a 132-131 lead with 1:03 in overtime. Justin Holiday blocked Westbrook’s first attempt to regain the lead in the final seconds of extra time. After a time-out from Wizards, Westbrook fouled his jump shot attempt and sank the game-winning foul shots.
Caris LeVert scored 35 points for his third game with more than 30 points in the last four games and got in the clutch for the Pacers in the second half.
Warrior 136, thunder 97
Stephen Curry scored 49 points to lead Golden State to a win over Oklahoma City in San Francisco.
The Warriors stayed in eighth place in the Western Conference with their second straight win over the Donner and fourth win in five games. Curry finished with 11 of the Golden State franchise-record 27 3-pointers.
Oklahoma City has lost six in a row and 23 of its last 25. Svi Mykhailiuk led the Thunder with 17 points from the bench, while Luguentz there added 16 points.
Jazz 124, Rockets 116
Georges Niang finished his career with 24 points, Jordan Clarkson with 21 and Bojan Bogdanovic with 20 points when Utah passed Houston in Salt Lake City.
It was the fifth straight win for Utah, which continues to play without injured All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley. Utah became the first team in the NBA to hit the 50-victory mark while expanding their lead on the number 1 in the playoffs against Phoenix to 1 1/2 games while idling.
Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Joe Ingles scored 14 points with seven assists and six rebounds for the Jazz. Kenyon Martin Jr. and Khyri Thomas each scored 27 points for the Rockets who lost their fifth straight.
Nets 125, nuggets 119
Kevin Durant had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 31, and Brooklyn ended a streak of four losses with a rally to win in Denver.
Blake Griffin scored 20 points and Jeff Green added 15 for Brooklyn. Durant scored 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Nikola Jokic scored 29 points, Michael Porter Jr. had 28 and Facundo Campazzo linked his career with 19 points for the Nuggets. Denver played without Aaron Gordon (calf lift).
76ers 118, piston 104
Joel Embiid scored 29 on the 11-of-13 shoot-out to knock hosts Philadelphia past Detroit for their eighth-best straight win of the season.
Philadelphia-based Dwight Howard added 19 points and 14 rebounds. Howard (14,250 career rebounds) moved past Walt Bellamy (14,241) to 11th place on the all-time NBA rebound list.
Tyrese Maxey scored 22 points for the Sixers, who were nearing first place for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey each scored 14 points for the pistons.
Trail Blazer 124, Spurs 102
Damian Lillard scored 30 points in just three quarters and CJ McCollum added 27 as hosts Portland rolled over San Antonio in a game with serious playoff impact for both teams.
The Trail Blazers won their third game in a row and the seventh in their last eight. You’re sixth in the Western Conference standings, half a game behind idle Dallas for fifth, and four games remain on the regular season schedule.
DeMar DeRozan went up and down the Spurs with 20 points, while Lonnie Walker IV scored 18 points and Dejounte Murray scored 15 points. The Spurs, who have five games left to play, still have a near-suspension in 10th place and the last position in the game-in tournament.
Grizzlies 109, Raptors 99
The 18 points and 21 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas and the 20 points from Jaren Jackson Jr. helped ensure Memphis a victory over Toronto and continue its push towards a postseason berth.
Eighth place in Memphis was four games ahead of idle eleventh place in New Orleans Pelicans, with five left to secure at least one place in the play-in tournament.
Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. each had 18 points to lead the Raptors, who have lost for the sixth time in their last seven games. Toronto was officially excluded from postseason competition after the Wizards’ defeat and victory over the Pacers.
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