Russell Westbrook scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and the Thunder rolled past the New York Knicks, 105-78, on Friday at Oklahoma City.
Westbrook was injured in the second game of the season and hadn’t played since. He returned in grand fashion, making 12 of 17 shots, including three of four three-pointers, and adding eight assists and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter because the Thunder were in control.
Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 39% and scored a season-low point total in their third straight loss.
Carmelo Anthony, a Top 10 scorer in the league, missed his second straight game with back spasms. He said before the game he was unsure when he would return.
Chicago 109, at Boston 102: Derrick Rose scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half — 12 coming early in the third quarter — to help the Bulls pull away.
Golden State 106, at Charlotte 101: Marreese Speights scored 16 of his 27 points to start the fourth quarter as the Warriors won their eighth straight game.
at Atlanta 100, New Orleans 91: Jeff Teague scored 26 points and the Hawks held the Pelicans to a season-low 28 first-half points.
Milwaukee 104, at Detroit 88: The Bucks didn’t have a single starter score in double figures, but got 69 points off the bench.
Dallas 106, at Toronto 102: Monta Ellis scored 15 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Tyson Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks won for the eighth time in 10 games.
at Indiana 98, Orlando 83: Rodney Stuckey had a season-high 24 points and David West had 18 points in his first game of the season for the Pacers.
at San Antonio 112, Sacramento 104: Tony Parker had 27 points and the Spurs won their second straight without Coach Gregg Popovich, out after a recent undisclosed minor medical procedure.
at Denver 122, Phoenix 97: Arron Afflalo led seven Nuggets in double figures with 22 points as they won their fourth straight at home.
Clippers 102, at Houston 85