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Westbrook is almost magical

TORONTO — Russell Westbrook had 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his 16th triple double of the season, Kevin Durant scored 34 and the Thunder beat the Raptors 119-100 on Monday night for its eighth straight victory.

Westbrook has the most triple doubles in a season since Magic Johnson had 17 in 1988-89. He also has seven triple doubles this month, the most in a calendar month since Michael Jordan had seven in April 1989. Oklahoma City has two games left this month.

The Thunder has the NBA's longest current winning streak and the team's longest since 10 straight from Jan. 16-31, 2014.

DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and Norman Powell added 18 for the Raptors, who lost at home for just the fourth time.

The Thunder split the season series, having lost 103-98 in Oklahoma City on Nov. 4.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dwyane Wade had 30 points and nine assists, Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 27 off the bench and the Heat pulled away to beat the Nets 110-99. Wade is averaging 27.1 points in his last seven games against Brooklyn, which had a streak of seven straight games with 100 or more points end. Thaddeus Young made his first 10 shots and scored 20 for the Nets. … The Spurs rested Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard and beat host the Grizzlies 101-87. San Antonio has not lost consecutive games this season, matching the 1984-85 Celtics by going 74 games into the season without losing two straight.

HOT HORNETS: The Hornets, who play about 20 miles from where sharpshooter Stephen Curry starred at Davidson College and who employ Stephen's long-distance shooting father Dell as a broadcaster, are suddenly one of the hottest shooting 3-point teams.

The seemingly playoff-bound Hornets (42-31) are averaging 10.6 made 3-pointers per game, second to Curry's Warriors. Behind the improved shooting of fifth-year point guard Kemba Walker and a revamped roster, the Hornets are hitting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc — sixth-best in the league.

Just last season the Hornets finished last in the NBA in 3-point efficiency, making 31 percent. But an offseason spent revamping the roster by adding long-distance shooters and players with an ability to penetrate and open up the outside game has paid off.

"We have guys with chips on their shoulders; guys with a lot to prove," Walker said.

Walker is shooting a career-best 37.9 percent from 3-point range, up from 31.7 percent during his first four seasons.

Power forward Marvin Williams has also elevated his game, shooting a career-best 40.2 percent on 3s. Walker, Williams and Nicolas Batum rank in the top 25 in the league in 3-pointers made.

The Hornets are getting significant contributions from rookie 7-foot power forward Frank Kaminsky, and guards Jeremy Lin, Jeremy Lamb and Courtney Lee, all new to the team this season. Charlotte is assured of a winning season.

OBITUARY: Vince Boryla, a former player, coach and general manager in the NBA, died Sunday. He was 89. Mr. Boryla played five seasons for the Knicks in the 1950s and later coached them for three seasons. As the Nuggets GM, he traded Kiki Vandeweghe the Blazers in 1984, getting Wayne Cooper, Fat Lever and Calvin Natt. Denver made it to the Western Conference final that season and Mr. Boryla was named executive of the year. He was a member of Team USA, winning a gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.

Thunder 119, Raptors 100

OKLAHOMA CITY (119): Durant 11-27 9-10 34, Ibaka 6-12 2-2 15, Adams 3-5 4-5 10, Westbrook 10-16 5-8 26, Roberson 2-2 3-4 9, Waiters 6-10 0-0 15, Kanter 2-6 3-3 7, Singler 0-4 0-0 0, Foye 0-1 0-0 0, Morrow 1-3 0-0 3, Payne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-86 26-32 119.

TORONTO (100): Powell 7-13 0-0 18, Scola 0-3 0-0 0, Valanciunas 5-13 0-0 10, Lowry 4-14 4-8 14, DeRozan 8-22 3-3 19, Patterson 4-6 3-3 13, Biyombo 2-4 3-5 7, Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Joseph 3-9 1-1 7, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Wright 1-1 2-3 4, Nogueira 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-93 16-23 100.

Oklahoma City 27 34 36 22— 119

Toronto 21 27 26 26— 100

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 11-26 (Waiters 3-4, Durant 3-10, Roberson 2-2, Morrow 1-2, Westbrook 1-3, Ibaka 1-4, Singler 0-1), Toronto 8-24 (Powell 4-7, Patterson 2-4, Lowry 2-8, Scola 0-1, Joseph 0-2, Johnson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 62 (Westbrook 11), Toronto 51 (Valanciunas 10). AssistsOklahoma City 29 (Westbrook 12), Toronto 19 (DeRozan 5). Total FoulsOklahoma City 22, Toronto 21. TechnicalsWaiters, Toronto Coach Casey. A19,800 (19,800).

Heat 110, Nets 99

BROOKLYN (99): Bogdanovic 4-10 0-0 9, Young 10-12 0-0 20, Lopez 12-20 2-2 26, Larkin 1-5 5-6 7, Karasev 1-2 1-2 3, Kilpatrick 5-11 4-4 14, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1 2-2 2, McCullough 2-6 0-0 5, Sloan 1-3 0-2 2, Sims 2-3 0-0 4, Brown 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 41-77 14-18 99.

MIAMI (110): J.Johnson 1-8 0-0 2, Deng 4-11 0-0 9, Stoudemire 3-3 1-2 7, Richardson 6-9 1-2 16, Wade 14-19 2-2 30, Winslow 5-10 2-2 13, Whiteside 12-16 3-4 27, Green 1-3 0-0 2, McRoberts 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 48-84 9-12 110.

Brooklyn 27 25 23 24— 99

Miami 27 30 25 28— 110

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 3-11 (Brown 1-1, McCullough 1-2, Bogdanovic 1-3, Lopez 0-1, Sloan 0-1, Kilpatrick 0-3), Miami 5-16 (Richardson 3-4, Winslow 1-1, Deng 1-3, Wade 0-1, Green 0-1, McRoberts 0-2, J.Johnson 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 42 (Young 9), Miami 37 (Whiteside 8). AssistsBrooklyn 20 (Larkin 8), Miami 25 (Wade 9). Total FoulsBrooklyn 10, Miami 14. A20,003 (19,600).

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