PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists, and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller before the Thunder pulled out a 119-117 victory on Friday night.
Andre Roberson scored the winner with 10 seconds left for the Thunder. But one of the early contenders for NBA game of the year belonged to Joel Embiid and Westbrook as they drove, blocked and rebounded their way toward one big play after another.
HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead Houston to its 12th straight victory.
Paul became the first player in NBA history to post 28 points, eight assists and seven steals in a game against the Spurs. In the past 10 years, that stat line has been achieved just 10 times — Paul has done it six of those times. The Rockets are unbeaten when he plays this season.
JAZZ 107, CELTICS 95
BOSTON (AP) — Ricky Rubio had 22 points, Donovan Mitchell added 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and Utah beat Boston.
Jonas Jerebko and Rodney Hood also finished with 17 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. It was Utah’s first victory in Boston since 2008, a span of nine games.
BULLS 115, BUCKS 109
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bobby Portis scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Chicago beat Milwaukee for its fifth consecutive victory.
Chicago’s winning streak coincides with the return of Nikola Mirotic, who had 22 points. The Bulls’ center missed the beginning of the season due to facial fractures suffered in a fight with Portis.
RAPTORS 120, NETS 87
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had his 11th career triple-double, DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Toronto won its ninth straight meeting with Brooklyn.
Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 as the Raptors won their eighth consecutive home game and improved to 10-1 at Air Canada Centre.
PELICANS 111, OT
DENVER (AP) — Gary Harris had 21 points and Will Barton added 11 of his 19 in overtime, helping Denver beat New Orleans.
Barton went 4 for 4 from the field in the extra period and had all of the Nuggets’ points in the frame until Jamal Murray’s two free throws made it 116-110 with 25 seconds remaining.
WIZARDS 100, CLIPPERS 91
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mike Scott tied a season high with 22 points while Bradley Beal added 20 as Washington held off Los Angeles.
John Wall scored 15 points on just 5-for-16 shooting in his second game back after a nine-game absence but scored seven points as the Wizards closed the game on an 18-9 run after Los Angeles had come back to tie the game at 82 on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams.
TRAIL BLAZERS 95, MAGIC 88
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 21 points, C.J. McCollum had 20 and Portland withstood a late rally to beat the Orlando.
The Trail Blazers led by 17 with 7:26 left in the game, but needed late contributions from Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic to slam the door.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Detroit withstood a late rally to beat Indiana.
Reggie Bullock finished with 15 points for Detroit, which earned its second win in two nights.
HEAT 104, HORNETS 98
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points each and Miami held off a late Charlotte rally.
It was Miami’s 24th win in its past 30 games against Charlotte, which opened a stretch of six of seven home games with a loss. Johnson and Ellington combined for 10-of-16 shooting on 3-pointers.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tyreke Evans scored 22 points, including the go-ahead layup with 1:03 left to help Memphis snap a five-game losing streak.
The Hawks had three shots in the closing seconds, all of which misfired, including Andrew Harrison’s block of Taurean Prince’s attempt in the left corner with 1.2 seconds left. The ball went into Kent Bazemore’s hands and his 3-point attempt at the horn bounced off the front of the rim.