Irving leads Cavs to win in LA while Rose’s double-double hands Bulls the W…
The Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the Golden State Warriors at home on Friday night with point guard Russell Westbrook putting up a triple-double.
Westbrook scored 17 points, had a career-high 17 assists and matched a career-best with 15 rebounds to help the Thunder to the win while Kevin Durant added 36 points.
Serge Ibaka matched his career-high with 27 points while Dion Waiters added 21 for the Thunder who improve to 19-20 for the season with a significant win over the Western Conference leaders.
Klay Thompson had 32 points while Marreese Speights had 20 and Stephen Curry added 19 but they allowed their highest point total of the season as they slip to 31-6.
Over in Boston, the Celtics fell to a loss against the Chicago Bulls with point guard Derrick Rose putting up 29 points and 10 assists as he built on his season-high of 32 points on Wednesday against the Wizards.
“Derrick was great on both sides of the ball and that’s huge for us,” Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said. “What you’re seeing is Derrick is getting stronger and stronger, he’s gaining more confidence, and he’s getting that edge back.”
Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol and Aaron Brooks all played key roles for the visitors who had lost two straight and four of five but they were able to get back to winning ways and improve to 27-14.
In a clash of the top teams in the East, the Atlanta Hawks routed the Toronto Raptors to secure an 11th straight win as Al Horford led the way with 22 points.
DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for the hosts as he continues to work his way back into the team but it wasn’t enough for the Raptors who fall to 26-13 while Atlanta improve to 32-8.
The San Antonio Spurs were also on the winning side on Friday night with Kawhi Leonard returning from injury to score 20 points while Tim Duncan added 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in the victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs have had a few problems so far this season, namely their stars struggling with injuries, but they were able to defeat Portland and move to 25-16 despite 24 points and eight rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of LA after defeating the Clippers on Friday to follow up their win over the Lakers the previous night.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points to help them hold on with Blake Griffin responding with 34 points and 10 rebounds, but the Cavs secured the W and improve to 21-20.
Detroit Pistons 98-96 Indiana Pacers
Memphis Grizzlies 106-96 Orlando Magic
New Orleans Pelicans 81-96 Philadelphia 76ers
Brooklyn Nets 102-90 Washington Wizards
Chicago Bulls 119-103 Boston Celtics
Atlanta Hawks 110-89 Toronto Raptors
Golden State Warriors 115-127 Oklahoma City Thunder
Denver Nuggets 89-97 Dallas Mavericks
Portland Trail Blazers 96-110 San Antonio Spurs
Minnesota Timberwolves 99-110 Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Lakers 85-94 Utah Jazz
Miami Heat 95-83 Sacramento Kings
Cleveland Cavaliers 126-121 Los Angeles Clippers