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Westbrook dishes up career-high in victory

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 25 points, a career-high 20 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-108 on Wednesday night.

According to STATS, it was the first triple-double with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998.

It was the 30th triple-double of Westbrook's career and his 11th this season. The Thunder are unbeaten this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double.

Kevin Durant had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points for Oklahoma City.

Jeff Green scored 23 points, J.J. Redick had 22 and Chris Paul added 12 points and 16 assists for the Clippers.

The Thunder extended their lead to 2½ games over the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference standings.

Westbrook's performance was the highlight of an otherwise somber day for the franchise. The Thunder already were reeling after assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, was killed last month in a car crash in Oklahoma City. Part-owner Aubrey McClendon died last week in a one-car accident in Oklahoma City, then Thunder guard Dion Waiters' younger brother, Demetrius Pinckney, was shot and killed Tuesday in Philadelphia.

The Thunder reflected on McClendon's life with a video tribute and held a moment of silence for McClendon and Pinckney before the game.

The Thunder's 39 points in the first quarter were a season high, and helped them take a 10-point lead. Westbrook's eight assists in the period tied a career high for the first.

The Clippers trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 64-62 at halftime. The Clippers shot 59.5 percent in the first half, while the Thunder shot 52.2 percent. Westbrook had 17 points and 12 assists at the break.

Durant went to the bench to rest midway through the third with the Thunder leading 79-75. Two quick assists from Westbrook to Ibaka doubled the margin and forced the Clippers to call a timeout. The Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 93-83 heading into the fourth.

CELTICS 116, GRIZZLIES 96: At Boston, Isaiah Thomas scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter, when Boston turned a three-point deficit into a 16-point lead before coasting past Memphis for its 14th straight home victory.

The Celtics have not lost in Boston in more than two months, a span that has seen them climb from ninth in the East into the conference's No. 3 seed.

Two nights after surprising East-leading Cleveland — despite being without four starters — Memphis sustained a collapse that was exacerbated by the loss of guard Mario Chalmers in the third quarter to what the team called a right foot injury. Chalmers did not appear to sustain any contact before pulling up and then needing assistance off the court, unable to put any weight on his leg.

JaMychal Green had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies.

HORNETS 122, PELICANS 113: At Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker scored 35 points, and Charlotte held off New Orleans for its 11th victory in 13 games.

Walker shot 9 of 18 from the field and had five 3-pointers for his fourth-straight 30-point game. He also added seven assists and seven rebounds for Charlotte.

Courtney Lee had 16 points and Nicolas Batum added 15 as all five Charlotte starters reached double figures in scoring midway through the third quarter.

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 13 rebounds, and Jure Holiday scored a season-high 38 points for New Orleans. The injury-plagued Pelicans fell to 7-24 on the road.

PISTONS 102, MAVERICKS 96: At Dallas, Marcus Morris scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers during a decisive fourth-quarter run, and Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds in Detroit's victory over Dallas.

Drummond leads the NBA with 54 double-doubles. Tobias Harris added 19 points for Detroit.

Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki each scored 25 points for Dallas. The Mavericks have lost a season-high four straight games.

BUCKS 114, HEAT 108: At Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Khris Middleton made four free throws in the closing seconds to help Milwaukee hold off Miami.

Jabari Parker added 23 points, Middleton had 22, and Miles Plumlee scored a season-high 18 for the Bucks. They snapped the Heat's winning streak at five games.

Luol Deng had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Miami. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 18 points.

After Wade scored on a fast-break layup to cut it to 110-106, Middleton made two free throws. Joe Johnson scored off a pass from Wade, but Middleton answered with two more free throws.

ROCKETS 118, 76ERS 104: At Philadelphia, James Harden scored 29 points and Dwight Howard added 21 points and 18 rebounds to help Houston beat Philadelphia.

Patrick Beverly added 16 points — all in the first half — and Trevor Ariza finished with 15 for Houston. The Rockets, who are currently holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, have won three of their last four to even their record at .500.

Ish Smith scored 21 points and Nerlens Noel and Robert Covington had 17 points apiece for the 76ers. They have lost 13 straight to drop to 8-56.

KNICKS 128, SUNS 97: At Phoenix, Sasha Vujacic scored a season-high 23 points in a rare start, Carmelo Anthony also had 23 and New York beat Phoenix.

Vujacic was 7 of 8 from the field and tied a career high by going 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He made his first start since last November and had not played in two of the Knicks' last three games.

The Knicks hit a season-high 16 3s. Derrick Williams scored 18 points and Jose Calderon added 10 points and 12 assists. Rookie Devin Booker led Phoenix with 32 points.

CAVALIERS 120, KINGS 111: At Sacramento, Calif., Kevin Love converted a four-point play with 1:32 remaining, Kyrie Irving scored 30 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on to beat the Sacramento Kings.

LeBron James had 25 points and 11 rebounds, one of three Cleveland players with a double-double. Tristan Thompson added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Love finished with 17 points and 10 boards.

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who trailed 109-100 with under 5 minutes to play before using an 8-0 run to close within one.

After Love made a pair of free throws to end its drought, Cleveland got the ball back but missed several open looks. Love, who missed six of his first seven shots from beyond the arc, got the ball back in the right corner and came through with his clutch shot while being fouled.

WARRIORS 115, JAZZ 94: At Oakland, Calif., Stephen Curry made a zippy crossover to shed his defender then banked in a 55-footer at the halftime buzzer, and the Golden State Warriors extended their record regular-season home winning streak to 46.

Klay Thompson scored 23 points while Curry wound up with 12 points and 10 assists on a quiet night in which he struggled to find his stroke early. Draymond Green added 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Golden State (57-6) improved to 28-0 at Oracle Arena this season.

Curry is 4 for 11 on shots from 40-plus feet (36.4 percent) this season and 13 of 27 (48.1) from 30 feet and beyond. He missed his first five shots and four 3s but dished out six first-quarter assists.

Trey Burke led the Jazz with 18 points off the bench, while Rudy Gobert had 15 rebounds.