Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs 104-94

Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Spurs 104-94

Oklahoma City led by nine at halftime and held a lead by the same margin entering the final stanza.

The bench stepped up in a big way, with Patrick Patterson, Alex Abrines and Jerami Grant all scoring in double figures, while Nick Collison made the most of a rare extended run with seven points from 3-5 shooting. Batum scored 29 points with 12 rebounds and seven assists, while Howard scored a game-high 30 with 12 boards.

The Spurs are just 14-21 on the road, clinching their first losing record in away games since the 1996-97 campaign.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook dunks in front of San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The record was the longest in National Basketball Association history of consecutive seasons with a winning record on the road, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Thunder center Steven Adams came down hard on his left ankle early in the third quarter and did not return.

The Los Angeles Clippers moved to within one game of the San Antonio Spurs with a 113-105 win over the Orlando Magic.

Tobias Harris added 21 for the Clippers, who sit a half-game ahead of the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz with a game in hand.

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Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Sunday (AEDT), extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 17 games. Simmons shot just two of 12 from the field, and Memphis have now lost 17 straight games, resulting in the NBA's worst record. It's the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

Heat 129, Wizards 102: Miami took control of a close game in the second quarter and handily defeated visiting Washington.

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Hornets 122, Suns 115: Dwight Howard piled up 30 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and Nicolas Batum scored 29 to help Charlotte snap a five-game losing streak with a win against visiting Phoenix.

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