Thunder roar back to shock Rockets, Clippers stun Celtics

Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with a ninth straight triple-double and Paul George scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Oklahoma City Thunder roared back from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets.



Monday, February 11, 2019

Russell Westbrook matched the NBA record with a ninth straight triple-double and Paul George scored 15 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Oklahoma City Thunder roared back from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets.

Westbrook had 21 points, 11 assists and 12 rebounds. His ninth straight triple-double -reaching double figures in three key statistical categories - matched the record set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.

Westbrook connected on just eight of 21 shots from the field. But his effort was enough for Thunder to take the win despite a 42-point performance from Rockets star James Harden.

"My game is not predicated on my shots," Westbrook said. "I do other things to impact the game."

Harden produced 30 points for the 29th straight game - two shy of Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in league history but still a ways away from Chamberlain's record of 65 straight 30-point games.

There was a big comeback in Boston as the Los Angeles Clippers erased a 28-point second-quarter deficit to stun the Celtics 123-112.

Montrezl Harrell forced two turnovers and Patrick Beverley hit two three-pointers in the final two minutes as the Clippers completed the biggest regular-season comeback in club history.

Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis returned to Chicago - the team that traded them this week - and scored 30 points to help the Wizards to a 134-125 victory over the Bulls.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points as the Wizards won for the second time since acquiring Parker and Portis and a draft pick from the Bulls in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.

Agence France-Presse