Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rockets Overcome Westbrook Triple-Double

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rockets Overcome Westbrook Triple-Double

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Lou Williams scored 31 points, James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Houston Rockets cruised to a 137-125 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday at Toyota Center in Houston

Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook had 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for his second consecutive triple-double and his 36th this season, but Harden led the Rockets to a 25-point lead through three quarters in the matchup between top MVP candidates. Trevor Ariza and Eric Gordon added 24 points apiece for the Rockets, whose lead was trimmed to eight on a 3-pointer by Westbrook with about 90 seconds left.

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Nikola Mirotic tied a season high with 28 points, Jimmy Butler had 20 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away for a 109-94 victory against the host Milwaukee Bucks. ? Willie Cauley-Stein made a follow shot with two seconds left, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 98-97 road victory against the Los Angeles Clippers. Down, 85-67, early in the fourth, the Kings rallied while Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan were resting. Buddy Hield hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes, pulling the Kings to 96-93 with 2:10 to play. ? Kemba Walker had 31 points and nine assists, and the host Charlotte Hornets handed the Phoenix Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 120-106. ? Brook Lopez scored 23 points and the visiting Brooklyn Nets handed the Atlanta Hawks their seventh consecutive loss, 107-91. ? Myles Turner had 17 points and 16 rebounds as the host Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-94. ? Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and the host Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat, 112-108. ? Klay Thompson scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and the host Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 106-94. …

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