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Warriors win 12th straight, Westbrook ties record

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Wed, 05 Apr 2017
AP


Oakland: Klay Thompson scored 41 points for his 10th career 40-point game while Stephen Curry had 19 points and nine assists as the playoff-ready Golden State Warriors ran their winning streak to 12 by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 121-107 on Tuesday night.

Golden State could wrap up the West's No. 1 seed as soon as Wednesday night with a win at Phoenix and a Spurs' loss at home to the Lakers.

Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points for Minnesota, which couldn't keep up with Golden State's spiffy passing and contributions from so many players on both ends of the floor.

In his highest-scoring performance since getting 60 on Dec. 5, Thompson hit 7 of 14 3-pointers — giving him at least four 3s in a career-best six consecutive games. His 262 3s rank as eighth-most ever for a single season after he had 276 last season.

THUNDER 110, BUCKS 79

Oklahoma City: Russell Westbrook matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record with his 41st triple-double, leading Oklahoma City to the victory.

Westbrook clinched his seventh straight triple-double on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP! MVP!" long after the assist. He later waved to the crowd after play stopped. He finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists.

Robertson set the record during the 1961-62 season and Westbrook can break it Wednesday in Memphis. Westbrook also moved into a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the career list with his 78th triple-double.

Michael Beasley scored 14 points for Milwaukee and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

PACERS 108, RAPTORS 90

Indianapolis: Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter, leading Indiana to a big win.

The Pacers (38-40) stopped a four-game losing streak that dropped them out of a tie for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference to the very real possibility of missing the postseason.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for Toronto (47-31), which had won two in a row. Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The game was marred by a shoving match between Indiana's Lance Stephenson and DeRozan with 3.3 seconds left. The melee spilled down the sideline and into the Pacers' bench. Stephenson, P.J. Tucker and DeRozan all received technical fouls.

WIZARDS 118, HORNETS 111

Washington: John Wall scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter, helping Washington hurt Charlotte's playoff chances.

The Wizards (47-31) returned from a five-game trip and stopped a three-game slide. Tying Toronto for the third seed in the Eastern Conference, Washington dealt Charlotte a significant blow after it had crept closer to a playoff spot with a three-game win streak.

Kemba Walker scored 37 points but the All-Star guard went cold in the third quarter along with the rest of the Hornets (36-42). After making 26 of their first 42 shots, they went 6 for their next 18 as the game slipped away.

Washington won for the 17th time this season when trailing by double digits.

CAVALIERS 122, MAGIC 102

Cleveland: LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double, Kevin Love scored 28 points and Cleveland warmed up for a big game in Boston by dropping 18 3-pointers in a victory against Orlando.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and J.R. Smith had 19 for the Cavs, who made nine 3s and scored 43 in the third quarter to turn a tight game into a blowout and beat Orlando for the 17th straight time.

The defending champions also moved into a tie with the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference. The teams meet Wednesday for first place and temporary ownership of the top seed and home-court advantage until the NBA Finals.

Evan Fournier scored 21 for the Magic, who have lost five in a row.

NUGGETS 134, PELICANS 131

New Orleans: Danilo Gallinari scored 28 points as the Nuggets eliminated the Pelicans from playoff contention.

Gary Harris added 23 points, including a contested 3-pointer that gave Denver an eight-point lead inside the final three minutes. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Nuggets remain on Portland's heels for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

New Orleans star Anthony Davis scored 41 points, and DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday finished with 18 points and 13 assists but turned the ball over twice in the last 30 seconds — leading to Denver free throws — and missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

KNICKS 100, BULLS 91

New York: Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points as the Knicks snapped the Bulls' four-game win streak.

Courtney Lee had 14 points for New York and Maurice Ndour added 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Knicks (30-48) had dropped seven of nine.

The Bulls (38-40) shot just 38.1 per cent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. They dropped into a tie with Indiana for the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game ahead of idle Miami.

All-Star Jimmy Butler scored 26 points for Chicago while Nikola Mirotic had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

NETS 141, 76ERS 118

Philadelphia: Brook Lopez and Jeremy Lin each scored 16 points to lead Brooklyn to a rare rout.

The 19-win Nets have been buried in last place in the NBA standings for most of the season and not even a recent surge could budge them out of the cellar.

Against the Sixers, Brooklyn scored buckets in the first half at the rapid rate of an All-Star Game. The Nets matched a franchise record for points in a first half with 81.

Brooklyn has won six of the last nine games and is a respectable 10-10 since March 1.

Philadelphia forward Dario Saric, one of the top contenders for NBA Rookie of the Year, only scored 10 points in 19 minutes; his playing time limited by plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

JAZZ 106, TRAIL BLAZERS 87

Salt Lake City: Gordon Hayward scored 30 points for Utah while Rudy Gobert added 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Jazz controlled the game most of the night with a defensive effort that bottled up everyone not named C.J. McCollum and the Blazers never found a consistent offensive flow.

On the other end, Hayward was an efficient 12 for 20 from the floor, including 4 for 6 from behind the arc. Gobert recorded his 57th double-double.

McCollum scored 25 points for the Blazers and Damian Lillard finished with 16.

SPURS 95, GRIZZLIES 89, OT

San Antonio: Kawhi Leonard had 32 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs topped the Grizzlies in a matchup of likely first-round playoff opponents.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points, including the tying basket with 1.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Memphis point guard Mike Conley left with 3:42 remaining in regulation after bumping heads with Leonard under the basket. Conley, who finished with 19 points, took one continuous stitch under his right eyelid rather than "13." He is unsure if he will play Wednesday against Oklahoma City.

Pau Gasol added 12 points and 11 rebounds in San Antonio's third straight win.

KINGS 98, MAVERICKS 87

Sacramento: Ben McLemore scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Sacramento to the victory.

Limited to one free throw in the first half, McLemore scored 11 straight points to end the third quarter, and then helped the Kings pull away in the fourth.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Kings.

Nicolas Brussino had a season-high 13 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for Dallas, which played without Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks have lost five straight.