Durant’s triple double leads Thunder’s to victory
OKLAHOMA CITY – Kevin Durant had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his seventh career triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-94 last night.
Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 10 assists. It was just the second time both Durant and Westbrook had at least 10 assists in the same game, and the first time it happened in a win.
Durant got his final assist on a pass to Westbrook for a 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining.
Serge Ibaka had a season-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who won their third straight.
Kent Bazemore scored 22 points and Jeff Teague had 18 for the Hawks, who had won their previous two games. Kyle Korver added 12 and Thabo Sefolosha finished with 11.
The Thunder outrebounded the Hawks 52-34.
Playing at home, Pau Gasol scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 83-80 to snap a three-game losing streak.
The Bulls caught a big break midway through the third quarter when Clippers All-Star Blake Griffin was ejected for a hard foul against Taj Gibson, and they came away with the win after blowing a 16-point lead.
Jimmy Butler finished with 14 points after pouring in a career-high 36 the previous night against Boston. Derrick Rose scored all of his 11 points in the second half, and Gibson finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Griffin led the Clippers with 18 points. Chris Paul scored 12 but missed the tying 3-point attempt, while DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
The Clippers hit 10 of 22 3-pointers but came up short after winning three straight and six of seven.
Andrea Bargnani scored a season-high 23 points, Thaddeus Young had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 100-91.
Brooklyn won for the sixth time in its last seven home games. Philadelphia fell to 0-13 on the road.
Shane Larkin scored 14 points and Bojan Bogdanovic had 10 for the Nets.
Jahlil Okafor had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and T.J McConnell scored 17 points for the 76ers.
Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 12 assists and a jaw-dropping dunk in the fourth quarter that led the Sacramento Kings over the New York Knicks 99-97.
Rondo added nine rebounds to finish just shy of his fifth triple-double of the season. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have just their second winning streak of the season. Sacramento also won three in a row in November.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 14 rebounds but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and eight of the past 10 games.