OKLAHOMA CITY – After yet another triple-double, Russell Westbrook was nitpicking.
The electric point guard collected his sixth triple-double in eight games and scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away for a 113-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
He also had eight turnovers, something he addressed unprompted after the game.
“I do know one thing, I need to stop turning the ball over, I can tell you that much,” he said. “It’s frustrating trying to make passes and turning it over, but at the same time, we’re winning. I’ll go back to the drawing board and take care of it.”
All Thunder coach Scott Brooks sees is success. “He is just displaying his all-around game and doing it at a consistent level,” Brooks said. “It seems like every night, he is right at those numbers, and those are signs of a very special player.”
Westbrook checked out with 2:13 remaining, seemingly a rebound short of the feat, but a scoring change gave him his 10th rebound to go with 12 assists.
“Overall, we did well (against Westbrook) until the end,” Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. “I think we got tired, but he had 16 (actually 14) points going into the fourth quarter, and he has been getting 40, so you’ve got to feel pretty good about that. He had an impact on other parts of the game.”
Raptors 102, Heat 92
In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and the Raptors beat Miami for the first time in more than five years.
Mavericks 129, Clippers 99
In Dallas, Chandler Parsons scored 22 points and Tyson Chandler had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Celtics 95, Magic 88
In Boston, Evan Turner scored 16 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Celtics overcame an 11-point deficit to beat Orlando.
Hornets 101, Bulls 91
In Charlotte, Gerald Henderson scored 20 points, and Mo Williams added 18.
76ers 114, Kings 107
In Philadelphia, Robert Covington scored 24 points and the Sixers overcame an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Sacramento.
Nuggets 114, Warriors 103
In Denver, Kenneth Faried had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Denver rallied to beat short-handed Golden State as the Warriors rested several of their top players, including Stephen Curry.
Trail Blazers 118, Pistons 99
In Portland, Damian Lillard had 28 points, including five 3-pointers, and the Trail Blazers built a big lead in the first half.
Hawks 96, Suns 87
In Phoenix, Paul Millsap scored 23 points and Atlanta made five 3-pointers in the final 6:38 to pull away from Phoenix.