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Sports Bucks withstand Westbrook's triple-double to beat Wizards

06:40  06 may  2021
06:40  06 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Westbrook's triple-double lifts Wizards to 7th straight win

  Westbrook's triple-double lifts Wizards to 7th straight win OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had another triple-double in his return to Oklahoma City, and the Washington Wizards beat the Thunder 129-109 on Friday night for their seventh straight win. Westbrook finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — his fourth straight triple-double and his 14th in 16 games. It was just the kind of night he routinely had during his 11 seasons with the Thunder. He was league MVP in 2017 and was a two-time scoring champion and perennial All-Star in Oklahoma City before the team traded him two seasons ago. It was a strange night for him though.

MILWAUKEE — Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and the Milwaukee Bucks withstood a triple-double from Russell Westbrook to beat the Washington Wizards 135-134 on Wednesday night.

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Westbrook had 29 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds for his 179th career triple-double, but the Wizards still lost for just the fourth time in their last 17 games. He’s just two shy of Oscar Robertson's NBA record of 181 career triple-doubles.

Westbrook has a league-leading 33 triple-doubles this season, including five in his last six games. The only time Westbrook missed out on a triple-double during this six-game stretch came Saturday when he had 42 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 125-124 loss to Dallas.

Doncic, Mavericks win 125-124 thriller over surging Wizards

  Doncic, Mavericks win 125-124 thriller over surging Wizards DALLAS — Luka Doncic ended his longest stretch without a triple-double since the Dallas sensation's rookie year in a back-and-forth thriller against Washington's Russell Westbrook, the NBA leader in that all-around category. Another career best was the bigger highlight for Doncic. The 22-year-old's career-high 20th assist fed Dorian Finney-Smith for the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final seconds as Doncic also finished with 31 points and 12 rebounds in a 125-124 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

Bradley Beal scored 42 points and hit a 3-pointer that cut Milwaukee’s lead to 135-134 with 5.3 seconds left. Westbrook got a steal in the final second, but Garrison Mathews’ desperation shot from over 50 feet away didn’t connect.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points for the Bucks before fouling out with 1:54 left. Donte DiVincenzo had 19.

JAZZ 126, SPURS 94

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 24 and Utah routed San Antonio.

With Atlanta’s 135-103 victory over Phoenix, the Jazz reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the NBA and Western Conference playoff race despite the All-Star backcourt of Donovan Mitchell (ankle) and Mike Conley (hamstring) missing another game.

Luka Samanic scored 15 points to lead the Spurs for the first time this season. They have lost five straight as they fight for the final spot in the NBA play-in tournament.

Russell Westbrook 1 triple-double from Big O's NBA record

  Russell Westbrook 1 triple-double from Big O's NBA record WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook’s stat lines have been looking like typos in the box score lately — the 14-point, 21-rebound, 24-assist game this week, for example, or the 18-18-14 five nights earlier — and now he’s on the verge of something historic. The Washington Wizards point guard’s next triple-double, which could come as soon as Saturday in a game at the Indiana Pacers that has playoff implications, will be the 181st of Westbrook's career,The Washington Wizards point guard’s next triple-double, which could come as soon as Saturday in a game at the Indiana Pacers that has playoff implications, will be the 181st of Westbrook's career, tying Oscar Robertson’s NBA record that has stood for nearly a half-century.

HAWKS 135, SUNS 103

ATLANTA (AP) — Clint Capela scored 18 points to lead seven scorers in double figures and Atlanta pulled away late to overcome Devin Booker’s 30 points and rout Phoenix.

The Suns began the night even with the Utah Jazz in the race for the NBA’s best record, thanks to a five-game winning streak. Phoenix faded badly in the fourth quarter of the back-to-back following Tuesday night’s 134-118 overtime win at Cleveland.

Atlanta outscored Phoenix 38-15 in the fourth period. The Suns’ first field goal of the period was a 3-pointer by Langston Galloway with 2:33 remaining.

Atlanta led 97-88 before scoring the first 14 points of the fourth period. Rookie Onyeka Okongwu had the first three baskets of the period and scored 14 points.

Atlanta stretched its lead to 23 points, 111-88, before the Suns finally managed their first points of the quarter on Cameron Payne’s two free throws.

Westbrook basks in milestone moment of tying Big O's record

  Westbrook basks in milestone moment of tying Big O's record INDIANAPOLIS — Russell Westbrook became an instant hit with his ability to deliver triple-doubles. Now, the 6-foot-3 point guard is on the verge of a home run — breaking Oscar Robertson's seemingly unbreakable career record. He had 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists Saturday night in a 133-132 overtime victory over Indiana to tie Robertson's mark of 181. And, fittingly, it came just a short drive away from the Lockefield Dust Bowl, where Robertson and his future Crispus Attucks High School teammates first honed their craft. Westbrook gets his first crack to surpass Robertson on Monday night in Atlanta.

The Hawks began the night fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Mikal Bridges, who had 18 points, was the Suns’ only other scorer in double figures.

Trae Young had 16 points and 12 assists for the Hawks. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari also had 16 points.

CELTICS 132, MAGIC 96

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker tied a season high with 32 points in his return from a four-game injury absence and Evan Fournier had 18 points in his first game back in Orlando since being traded to Boston.

Jayson Tatum shook off a slow start and finished with 27 points for Boston, which swept the three-game series with the Magic and beat Orlando for a sixth straight time over the past two seasons. The Celtics made 21 3-pointers, just two fewer than their season-best 23 against Orlando on March 21.

Walker was coming off a nine-day layoff because of a strained left oblique.

Dwayne Bacon and Moritz Wagner each scored 20 points for Orlando.

76ERS 135, ROCKETS 115

HOUSTON (AP) — Joel Embiid had 34 points in just 25 minutes and Philadelphia routed Houston for its sixth straight victory.

Westbrook breaks Robertson's record as Wizards fall to Hawks

  Westbrook breaks Robertson's record as Wizards fall to Hawks ATLANTA — Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's 47-year-old NBA record for triple-doubles and missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer as the Washington Wizards lost 125-124 to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. Westbrook completed his 182nd triple-double when he pulled down a rebound with 8:29 remaining, completing his season-long march toward a record that had stood since 1974 and was long considered untouchable. The nine-time All-Star and 2016-17 MVP finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 21 assists as he carried the load for a Wizards team missing Bradley Beal, the league's No. 2 scorer.

The Eastern Conference leaders were up by double figures for most of the night and their starters barely had to play in the fourth quarter to keep the NBA’s longest active winning streak going. Houston, which has the NBA’s worst record at 16-50, lost its third straight and eighth in nine games.

Embiid had 12 rebounds and made 14 of 16 free throws.

Kelly Olynyk scored 27 points for Houston.

GRIZZLIES 130, TIMBERWOLVES 135

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ja Morant had 37 points and 10 assists and Memphis held off Minnesota.

Desmond Bane scored 22 points off the bench, including a few key 3-pointers late, and Kyle Anderson added 20 points for the Grizzlies.

Memphis overcame a big game from Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards, who tied his career high with 42 points. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points but ran into foul trouble when he picked up his fifth foul late in the third quarter.

TRAIL BLAZERS 141, CAVALIERS 105

CLEVELAND (AP) — Damian Lillard had 32 points and nine assists and Enes Kanter had 18 points and 13 rebounds, leading Portland to its highest points total of the season.

Lillard scored 16 points in the first quarter and 14 points in the third as Portland moved within a half-game of the Mavericks and Lakers for fifth place in the West. The Trail Blazers are seventh and would be the top seed in the play-in tournament.

Kevin Love had 18 points for the Cavaliers. They have lost eight in a row and are 1-11 since April 15.

KINGS 104, PACERS 93

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marvin Bagley III kept Sacramento’s slim playoff hopes alive,scoring a season-high 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Kings past Indiana.

Delon Wright added 23 points to help Sacramento win its fourth straight — all on the road.

Domantas Sabonis had 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Indiana.

The Associated Press

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