Monday, December 18, 2017
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Westbrook has 8th triple double

NEW YORK — Russell Westbrook got his third straight triple double and nearly did it by halftime, finishing with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists for his NBA-leading eighth of the season as the Thunder beat the Knicks 112-103 on Monday night.

Westbrook had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at the break and is now averaging a triple double for the season (30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.3 rebounds). If he gets four rebounds in a home game against the Wizards on Wednesday, he will enter December averaging a triple double. The only player in NBA history to average a triple double entering December — and for a season — is Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 with the Cincinnati Royals, and he finished the season averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists.

Westbrook fell just shy of his third straight 15-assist game but had his highest rebound total of the season — and one off his career best.

Enes Kanter added a season-high 27 points and had 10 rebounds, while Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Thunder's third straight victory.

Derrick Rose scored a season-best 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home winning streak snapped. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony had 18 but shot just 4-for-19.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Bradley Beal made a career-high seven 3-pointers and finished with 31 points as the host Wizards recovered after giving up a late lead and beat the Kings 101-95 in overtime. Washington's John Wall had 19 points and 11 assists but committed a career-high 11 turnovers. … Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and set a Raptors record by hitting all six of his 3-pointers, and host Toronto extended its winning streak over the 76ers to 13 games with a 122-95 victory. Several Raptors have gone 5-for-5 on 3s. … Isaiah Thomas had 25 points and eight assists, Avery Bradley added 18 points and the visiting Celtics beat Miami for the fourth consecutive time, 112-104. … George Hill had 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the visiting Jazz past the Timberwolves 112-103.

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