OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Russell Westbrook set an NBA record with his 10th consecutive triple-double, Paul George scored 47 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Monday night.
Westbrook broke the tie with Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine consecutive double triples in 1968, finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. He broke the record with a help to George for a 3-pointer with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his 23rd triple-double of the season and the 127th of his career.
George had 12 rebounds and 10 assists for the third double triple of his career. Rookie Deonte Burton had a career-high 18 points and Raymond Felton added a 15-point high for the Thunder.
Damian Lillard scored 31 points and Jake Layman added 17 for Portland.
ROCKETS 120, MAVERICKS 104
HOUSTON (AP) – James Harden scored 31 points for his 30th consecutive game with 30 points, despite a shoulder injury leading Houston to Dallas.
Harden, who had eight rebounds and seven assists, seemed to be a little slowed early by the tense left shoulder that he injured Saturday against Oklahoma City, making only one of his seven first shots. But he warmed up afterwards and finished with 9 points out of 23, his sixth three point pointer remaining with less than a minute to make it to more than 30 and maintain its momentum. Fans chanted "MVP! MVP! After losing track of Dorian Finney-Smith.
He is no more than a match against Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest series of 30-point games in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the first 30-point series with 65 wins in a row.
Luka Doncic had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the Mavericks, who lost for the first time this season to Houston after winning the first two meetings.
Chris Paul added 17 points with 11 assists, and Gerald Green scored 19 points with five points to 3 to help Houston win its fourth victory in five games.
RIDERS 107, KNICKS 104
CLEVELAND (AP) – Collin Sexton scored 20 points and Cleveland resisted a late rally and sent New York to its 17th record defeat.
Sexton made two free throws and remained in Cleveland for 17 seconds. John Jenkins missed a pointer to 3 from the right corner, but Dennis Smith Jr. grabbed the rebound and dribbled to the corner. He also missed a 3-pointer and Larry Nance scored the rebound midway as the weather ran out.
Nance and Jordan Clarkson each scored 15 points. Kevin Love had 14 points and nine rebounds in his second game since returning from a foot operation. The star striker played 16 minutes, all in the first period. Love was 4 out of 10 of the field, including two 3-pointers, and has nine rebounds.
Kadeem Allen scored a career-high 25 points for the Knicks. New York (10-46) has the worst record in the league and has lost 25 of its 26 games and 30 of its last 32 games.
RAPTORS 127, NETS 125
TORONTO (AP) – Kawhi Leonard was 4.2 seconds behind and defeated Brooklyn.
Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam had scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight consecutive home wins with the Nets.
The Raptors' center, Marc Gasol, scored 16 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being acquired last Thursday in Memphis.
D'Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had 15 assists for Brooklyn. Joe Harris scored 24 points and scored the best goal of his career with seven three-pointers, but the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games.
BUCKS 112, BULLS 99
CHICAGO (AP) – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and 17 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added 19 and Milwaukee survived Chicago.
Malcolm Brogdon added 17 points and Khris Middleton had 16 points to help Milwaukee, the league's leader, win his seventh win in eight games and improve his score to 13-2 from his last 15.
Antetokounmpo recorded his 39th double of the season on his return after playing his fourth game of the season Saturday against Orlando in Milwaukee, due to a right knee pain. The Bucks recorded their lowest point total of the season in this season. The winning streak in play ended in a 103-83 loss to the Magic.
Zach LaVine finished with 27 points after scoring 17 goals in the first period, while Lauri Markkanen had 20 points and 17 rebounds to keep Chicago close to goal.
NUGGETS 103, HEAT 87
DENVER (AP) – Denver beat Miami with 23 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Jokic and 20 points from Malik Beasley.
The Nuggets have swept the heat season series for the first time since 2008-09 and have gone up to 18-1 while their opponents have less than 100 points.
This is the first time that they have done it since their 105 to 99 win in New Orleans on January 30th.
Denver moved away in the third quarter to avoid the worst skid of four games in its season in November, before recovering impressively to move up the West Conference ladder.
PISTONS 121, ASSISTANTS 112
DETROIT (AP) – Andre Drummond has 32 points and 17 rebounds. Detroit extended their winning streak to four with a win over Washington.
Blake Griffin has collected 20 of 31 points in the first half with the Pistons, who have not lost since they had 25 points in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers February 2nd. Detroit started Monday tied with Miami's last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Wizards, who are without injuries, John Wall and Dwight Howard, traded Otto Porter Jr. out last week. Nevertheless, they entered the match after a series of two wins before weakening against Detroit.
Bradley Beal had 32 points and 10 helpers for the wizards.
PACERS 99, HORNETS 90
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Myles Turner scored 16 points and Thaddeus Young added 11 points and eight rebounds to help Indiana beat Charlotte.
The Pacers have won six straight victories, without Victor Oladipo, double star goalie, who will miss the rest of the season with a injured right knee.
Kemba Walker scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half when the Hornets rebounded after a 16-point deficit at halftime. Jeremy Lamb added 21 points, but that was not enough to keep Charlotte from losing for the third time in four games.
TIMBERWOLVES 130, CLIPPERS 120
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague gave the necessary impetus to the beleaguered backyard and propelled Minnesota over Los Angeles.
Rose scored 22 points and Teague added 19 for the Timberwolves, who played without Andrew Wiggins, a patient. Rose and Teague have recently lost a lot of time with injuries.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Dario Saric was 19.
Lou Williams scored 45 points on the bench of the Clippers, a peak in the season.