0

Westbrook and Co. cruise to holiday win in New York

It was a festive Christmas for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook had a triple-double and Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka combined for 53 points on 66 percent shooting as the Thunder rolled past the Knicks 123-94 at Madison Square Garden.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, the guard’s seventh-career triple-double and first since March 30 against Milwaukee.

Meanwhile, Durant scored 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting and Ibaka made 10 of his 14 field goal attempts to add 24 points as Oklahoma City (23-5) shot 53 percent as a team. The Thunder, who won their sixth straight on the road, bounced back from a loss to Toronto Sunday and won for the 10th time in 11 games.

The Knicks (9-19), playing without the NBA’s second-leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony (sprained ankle), were led by reserves Amare Stoudemire and Tim Hardaway Jr., who scored 22 and 21 points, respectively.

Chicago 95, Brooklyn 78

Six players were in double figures as the Bulldogs won for just the second time in the last 10 road games.

Taj Gibson, playing just minutes from where he grew up in Brooklyn, scored 20 points off the bench and the Chicago defense held the Nets to just 35 percent field goal shooting.

Jimmy Butler added 15 points, Carlos Boozer added 14 and Mike Dunleavy and D.J. Augustin added 13 each for Chicago (11-16).

Deron Williams had 18 points and Mirza Teletovic added 17 and the pair combined to make 13-of-21 field goals, though the rest of the team was just 12-of-50 (24 percent) shooting. The Nets dropped their fourth consecutive game and fell to 9-19.

Miami 101, Los Angeles Lakers 95

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each scored 23 points as the Heat began a four-game road trip with their sixth consecutive victory.

Xavier Henry had a lay up to put the Lakers up 80-79 with 10:22 left in the game, but the hosts never led again. Wade fed Udonis Haslem for a jumper a minute later, and though Nick Young had a bucket for two of his team-high 20 points off the bench, Miami (22-6) scored the next nine points - Wade had two assists and a jumper during the run - to go up 92-82 with four minutes remaining.

Wade’s seven assists were his most in a single game in a month after handing out 12 against Phoenix November 25. LeBron James chipped in with 19 points for Miami, which defeated the Lakers for the third consecutive time.

Jodie Meeks added 17 points for Los Angeles (13-16).

Houston 111, San Antonio 98

James Harden scored 28 points and Dwight Howard had 15 points and 20 rebounds as the Rockets won in San Antonio for the second time this season.

All five starters reached double figures in scoring - Terrence Jones and Chandler Parsons had 21 points each and Jeremy Lin added 13 with eight assists - for the Rockets, who also had all five starters in double figures in winning at the AT&T Center November 30.

Wednesday, Parsons hit 5-of-9 3-pointers, part of the Rockets’ 12-of-24 performance from behind the arc.

Manu Ginobli came off the bench to lead the Spurs, still leaders in the Southwest Division by 3 1/2 games over Houston, with 22 points.

Golden State 105, Los Angeles Clippers 103

Harrison Barnes made a pair of go-ahead free throws and the host Clippers missed four shots over the final minute, including two in the final three seconds.

Andre Iguodala missed two free throws with nine seconds to play that could’ve made it a two-possession game for Golden State (17-13). Matt Barnes rebounded for the Clippers (20-10) and Chris Paul’s jumper was blocked by Klay Thompson, then Thompson contested Jamal Crawford’s 3-pointer that came up short.

Paul led the visitors with 26 points and 11 assists.

The Warriors, who got 23 points each from Thompson and David Lee, came into the game second in the NBA in 3-point shooting and made 10-of-24 Wednesday. Golden State won their third consecutive game and avenged a loss in Los Angeles in its second game of the season.

The loss snapped the Clippers’ five-game winning streak.