Durant, Westbrook double up on Nuggets
DENVER — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 110-104 on Tuesday night.
Durant finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder, who have won five in a row.
Westbrook scored 27 points and added 12 assists but fell five rebounds shy of another triple-double. He had two straight coming in and has five on the season.
The Thunder have won 20 of 24 and are the only team in the Northwest Division with a winning record. They are 12 games in front of Utah.
Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points but only seven after halftime for the Nuggets. Kenneth Faried had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Nuggets.
The Nuggets led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Durant and Westbrook were too much in the second half and down the stretch. After Denver cut a 10-point deficit in half with 3:57 left, Westbrook hit a free throw, Durant drained a long 3-pointer and Westbrook dunked to make it 104-95.
Denver cut it to four in the final minute and had a chance to make it a one-possession game, but Westbrook stole a pass in the lane and Enes Kanter hit two free throws with 29.7 seconds left.
Kanter finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.
PELICANS 114, TIMBERWOLVES 99: At New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored 35 points and New Orleans overcame an early 17-point hole. Jrue Holiday scored 19 points and Tyreke Evans added 13 for the Pelicans, who've won three of four. Eric Gordon scored 11 points but left the game late in the third quarter after apparently jamming a finger on his right hand. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota.
BUCKS 91, HEAT 79: At Miami, Khris Middleton scored 22 points, Greg Monroe added 15 and Milwaukee clamped down defensively on short-handed Miami throughout. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 14 points for the Bucks, who have now beaten Miami five consecutive times. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, which has dropped two straight and trailed by at least 22 in each of those games. Chris Bosh scored 23 and Luol Deng added 11 for the Heat.
PACERS 97, SUNS 94: At Phoenix, Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Paul George had 19 as Indiana beat Phoenix to end a three-game losing streak. George added eight rebounds and Myles Turner scored 15 points for Indiana. Devin Booker had a career-high 32 points for the Suns, who lost for the 14th time in 15 games and fifth in a row. Brandon Knight added 21 points. The Suns fought back to trail 95-92 with 3.8 seconds left after an off-balance 3-pointer by Knight but didn't have time to complete the comeback.