Westbrook leads Thunder past Heat


Russell Westbrook got another triple-double and as usual, the Thunder won.

Westbrook had his second consecutive triple-double to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 99-74 on Sunday. The explosive point guard finished with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth triple-double of the season and the 24th of his career. The Thunder are 20-4 in Westbrook’s career when he gets a triple-double, and 5-0 this season.

“It just means that it’s great that we’re having good wins,” Westbrook said. “We’re playing together as a team, moving in the right direction on both sides of the floor.”

Thunder forward Kevin Durant said it’s a difference maker when Westbrook rebounds at that level.

“We know he can get his points and assists, but when he rebounds with us like that, it makes it easier for everybody,” Durant said. “When he rebounds like that, we’re a different team.”

Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and Dion Waiters added 18 for the Thunder, who became the third team to reach 30 wins this season.

Dwyane Wade, who sat out Friday against Denver with shoulder soreness, led the Heat with 22 points on his 34th birthday. Hassan Whiteside added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Heat.

It was the fewest points scored by the Heat this season and the fewest allowed by the Thunder.

“They did a good job defensively, not allowing us to have everything we wanted,” Wade said. “They changed up their schemes a little bit. They’re a very long, athletic team. They’re not easy to score on when they’re locked in.”

Spurs 112, Mavericks 83

In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and the Spurs beat Dallas to remain undefeated at home.

San Antonio is a franchise-best 24-0 at home and has won 33 straight at the AT&T Center dating to March 2015. At 36-6, the Spurs matched their best start after 42 games, tying the mark set in 2010-11.

Rockets 112, Lakers 95

In Los Angeles, James Harden scored 31 points and Houston pulled away to beat the Lakers.

Dwight Howard had 14 points and 15 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double, his longest such streak since a 14-game run three seasons ago.

Nuggets 129, Pacers 126

In Denver, Randy Foye hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left for the Nuggets in their comeback victory over Indiana.

Denver came back in the second half to get its seventh straight win at home.

Timberwolves 117, Suns 87

In Minneapolis, Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points each and the Timberwolves beat Phoenix to snap a nine-game losing streak.