Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Westbrook extends streak

OKLAHOMA CITY — James Harden scored 21 as the Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh straight triple double in a 102-99 win Friday over the Thunder.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help Houston win its fifth straight.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category.

Game Highlights: Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16 points, and the host Hornets routed the Magic 109-88. … Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his season-high 34 in the second half to help the visiting Raptors hold on for a 101-94 victory over the Celtics. … LeBron James scored 27 to move into ninth on the career scoring list as the host Cavaliers beat the Heat 114-84. James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 left and has 27,315 points … Andre Drummond had 22 points and 22 rebounds for his second straight 20-20 game as the visiting Pistons routed the Timberwolves 117-90. … Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 and the visiting Hawks rallied to defeat the Bucks 114-110.

Around the league: The league has denied the Raptors' protest of their 102-99 loss Nov. 20 to the Kings. Toronto argued that game officials incorrectly called for an instant replay review of whether Terrence Ross released a 3-pointer before the clock expired. The shot was waved off after the review. … Cavaliers starter J.R. Smith missed the game against the Heat after hyperextending his left knee Monday.

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