Westbrook shines in Thunder win


Russell Westbrook’s recent play has been on par with some of the game’s all-time greats.

The dynamic point guard had 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds to help the Thunder beat the Houston Rockets 111-107 on Tuesday night.

Westbrook has 15 triple-doubles this season and 34 in his career. It’s the most triple-doubles by a player in a season since 1988-89, when Magic Johnson had 17 and Michael Jordan had 15. It was also Westbrook’s sixth triple-double in March. According to STATS, it’s the most by a player in a calendar month since Jordan had seven in April 1989.

“That’s just a blessing,” Westbrook said. “Especially getting mentioned with those guys. Those guys are Hall of Famers. My job is try to help us win games and try to win a championship.”

It was his third triple-double in a row and fourth in his past five games. The Thunder improved to 15-0 this season when he gets a triple-double and 30-4 all-time.

“When he helps us rebound like that and passes the ball, it’s good for our team,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said. “I think the thing is rebounds. When he rebounds like that, we’re a better team. He can pass and he can score with the best of them. When he rebounds that way, it gives us a little something extra.”

Durant scored 23 points and Dion Waiters added 17 to help the Thunder win their fifth straight.

James Harden had 24 points, a career-high 16 assists and seven rebounds for the Rockets.

Lakers 107, Grizzlies 100

In Los Angeles, Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, Kobe Bryant added 20 and the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Heat 113, Pelicans 99

In New Orleans, Hassan Whiteside had 24 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Miami past the injury-ravaged Pelicans.

Hornets 105, Nets 100

In New York, Nicolas Batum scored 23 points to lead Charlotte past Brooklyn.