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Westbrook's run ends in win

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak ended at seven games, but he scored 23 of his 37 in the second half to help the Thunder defeat the Celtics 99-96 Sunday.

Westbrook had 12 rebounds but only six assists. His triple-double run was the longest since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The league record is nine in a row by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

Steven Adams scored 16 on 7-for-8 shooting and Enes Kanter added 14 for the Thunder, which has won seven of eight. OKC got away with making just 14 of 27 free throws.

Former Gator Al Horford scored 19, and Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each added 18 for the Celtics.

The Celtics controlled most of the first half and led 43-39 at halftime. It was Oklahoma City's lowest-scoring first half of the season.

Boston led by 13 in the third quarter, but the Thunder whittled the deficit to four by the end of the period.

Celtics standout guard Isaiah Thomas missed his third straight game with a strained right groin.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Klay Thompson scored 30 and the visiting Warriors roared back to avoid their first set of consecutive regular-season losses since 2015 with a 116-108 victory over the Timberwolves. Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists, and Golden State extended its NBA-record streak to 111 regular-season games without losing two in a row. The Warriors trailed by 10 to start the fourth quarter but opened the period with a 25-4 run. … Robert Covington had 16 points and the 76ers beat the Pistons 97-79, their second consecutive road victory after going nearly a year without one. Ersan Ilyasova added 15 points for Philadelphia, which had matched a franchise record by losing 23 straight away from home before beating New Orleans on Thursday night.

Westbrook's run ends in win 12/11/16 [Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:07pm]
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