Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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Thunder misses 24 straight shots in rout

WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook sat down for good midway through the third quarter while the Thunder was in the midst of missing 24 straight shots to trail Washington by 34 points, and Bradley Beal and John Wall carried the Wizards to a stunningly lopsided 120-98 victory Monday night.

Westbrook entered first in the NBA in scoring average at 31.2 and third in assists at 10.2 to go with 26 triple doubles. He finished with 17 points — equaling his second-fewest of the season — on 5-of-19 shooting. He had four assists and four rebounds.

Westbrook missed nine field-goal attempts in a row during that team-wide drought when the Thunder was being outscored 32-5 from late in the second quarter to late in the third.

Beal scored 22 and made 6 of 7 3 pointers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Evan Fournier scored 24, Elfrid Payton added 20 off the bench and the visiting Magic beat the Heat 116-107 to snap a four-game skid. … Kawhi Leonard scored 32 and the visiting Spurs clinched their NBA-record 20th straight winning season with a 110-106 victory over the Pacers. … Dario Saric had 18 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and the visiting 76ers beat the Hornets 105-99 for their third straight win. … Greg Monroe had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Bucks beat the Pistons 102-89, winning their first home game since star forward Jabari Parker got hurt. … Mike Conley scored 32 and the visiting Grizzlies beat the hapless Nets 112-103.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Kevin Love's left knee injury has the Cavaliers concerned about the All-Star forward, who is scheduled to get a second opinion today. Cleveland also traded injured center Chris Andersen and cash to the Hornets for a protected second-round draft pick. … Michael Jordan and NBA commissioner Adam Silver are trying to repair the relationship between Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan. Oakley and Dolan met with Silver at NBA headquarters, with Jordan participating by phone. … The Warriors were without guards Klay Thompson and Shaun Livingston. Thompson had a sore right heel, and Livingston went home for the birth of his daughter.

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