Singler helps Thunder rout Hornets
OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook put on a quite a show with his unselfish play — again.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points, but Westbrook controlled the action as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-95 on Wednesday for their sixth straight win. Westbrook collected 16 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in 27 minutes before sitting out the entire fourth quarter because the Thunder were in control.
Westbrook set the tone for the night with six assists in the first quarter. Durant had 15 points in the opening period, matching his highest total for a first quarter this season.
"First quarter, he's going out of his way to get assists," Durant said. "He's playing a video game. Trying to get all the assists early and trying to get everybody involved early, and it's helping us out."
Westbrook dominated, despite shooting 5 for 14 from the field.
"With the weapons we have, the best way for us to play and the best way for myself to play is to find those guys, get those guys shots, and I can score when I need to," Westbrook said.
Medford’s Kyle Singler scored a season-high 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting, including three 3-pointers, for Oklahoma City. Singler has played more than 20 minutes in two of the past three games.
"He's playing great basketball, playing confident basketball," Durant said, "and we've got to just keep pumping him up and giving him confidence and believing in him and he's going to start to get better for us. He's been playing well, and we're going to need him to continue to do so."
Steven Adams had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who have won 21 of their past 25 games. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 21 points.
CAVALIERS 91, NETS 78: At New York, Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from their embarrassing performance against Golden State. LeBron James also had 17 points and neither forward played in the fourth quarter.
PISTONS 123, ROCKETS 114: At Houston, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each scored 22 points and Detroit beat Houston despite Andre Drummond setting an NBA record by missing 23 free throws. Drummond set a career high and franchise record by attempting 36 free throws on a night he was intentionally fouled 21 times. The previous record for most misses was 22, set by Wilt Chamberlain on Dec. 1, 1967.
WARRIORS 125, BULLS 94: At Chicago, Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and Golden State made it look easy again in beating Chicago. Curry tied a season high with 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Klay Thompson added 20 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19.
KINGS 112, LAKERS 93: At Los Angeles, DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 16 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo added 11 points and 17 assists in the Kings' sixth consecutive victory over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant scored just two of his 15 points after halftime for the Lakers.
KNICKS 118, JAZZ 111, OT: At New York, Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, leading New York to an overtime victory over Utah. Robin Lopez added 22 points and 12 rebounds for New York, which trailed by as many as 12 in the second half and by eight entering the fourth quarter.
MAVERICKS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 94, OT: At Dallas, Chandler Parsons scored seven of his game-high 30 points in overtime as short-handed Dallas rallied to beat Minnesota. Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and career highs with 17 rebounds and six blocks.
WIZARDS 106, HEAT 87: At Washington, John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists and Bradley Beal added 18 more as Washington Wizards sent injury-ravaged Miami to its sixth loss in seven games.
RAPTORS 115, CELTICS 109: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Jonas Valanciunas had his eighth double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds as Toronto won its season-high sixth straight game.
76ERS 96, MAGIC 87: At Orlando, Fla., Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points, Ish Smith had 13 points and 11 assists and Philadelphia beat Orlando.