Russell Westbrook became the first NBA player with five consecutive triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989 in leading the Thunder to a 101-92 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night in Oklahoma City.
Westbrook finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. The Thunder have won all five games during Westbrook’s triple-double stretch. It was his 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career.
Enes Kanter had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Victor Oladipo added 15 points for the Thunder.
Anthony Davis, the league’s leading scorer, had 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans. Buddy Hield, who led Oklahoma to the Final Four last season, scored 16 points in his first game back in the state.
at New york 106, Sacramento 98: Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points, and New York held off Sacramento for its eighth win in 11 games. Brandon Jennings added 19 points while Kristaps Porzingis contributed with 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks. DeMarcus Cousins finished with 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, but shot just 9 for 30.
Orlando 98, at Detroit 92: Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked four shots to help the Magic end the Pistons’ three-game winning streak. Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Magic. Pistons guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut after missing Detroit’s first 21 games with knee tendinitis. He had 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris led the Pistons with 21 points.