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Westbrook ties Robertson's record in win

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, Russell Westbrook grabbed the ball, jogged to the baseline and waved to the crowd. A few moments after joining Oscar Robertson as the NBA's career triple-doubles leader with 181, he celebrated the milestone with his teammates and his opponents.

It was quite a show.

Westbrook finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and made two free throws with a second left to give Washington a 133-132 overtime victory over Indiana. Heck, he even blocked the Pacers' final shot before grabbing the ball.


76ers win 8th straight, near 1st in East

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid scored 29 points, Tyrese Maxey added 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers won their eighth straight game, 118-104 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Embiid again put up the kind of numbers that have him in the thick of MVP consideration - he entered the game third in the NBA in scoring at 29.2 points per game and 10th in rebounding with 10.8 boards per game. The number that may matter most to voters, though, could be games played: 49 out of 68, possibly not enough compared to other candidates.


Nets rally past Nuggets, end 4-game skid

DENVER (AP) Brooklyn coach Steve Nash doesn't mind his players feeling a little uncomfortable right now. Or even seeing them suffer a bit.

It can only help later on, the Brooklyn coach reasoned. The Nets were definitely struggling, too, down 21 points to Denver at one point before flipping a switch and storming back.


Curry has 49 with 11 3s, Warriors cruise

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry scored 49 points in 29 minutes and matched his season best with 11 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 136-97 on Saturday night.

Curry shot 14 of 26 overall and 11 of 21 beyond the arc while fans serenaded him with chants of "MVP! MVP!" as they have ever since being allowed back in Chase Center. He made five 3s in the first quarter, one in the second and five more in the third before sitting out the entire fourth quarter.


Jazz beat Rockets, 1st to reach 50 wins

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Georges Niang tied a career high with 24 points and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the short-handed Houston Rockets 124-116 on Saturday night to reach 50 victories.

Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 - his seventh straight 20-point performance - for the Jazz.


Lillard leads surging Blazers by Spurs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the San Antonio Spurs 124-102 on Saturday night, moving closer to an outright playoff spot.

CJ McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and nine rebounds for Portland, which has won seven of eight.


Grizzlies top Raptors, near play-in spot

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 21 rebounds, De'Anthony Melton hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 Saturday night to move closer to a play-in spot.

Jaren Jackson Jr. had 20 points for the Grizzlies in his first start of the season, and Ja Morant added 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.


Slumping Lakers facing play-in tourney

The Los Angeles Lakers won't have home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. They need help if they're going to escape the play-in tournament. Worse yet, their invitation to the postseason isn't even guaranteed.

The defending NBA champions might be in trouble.


Zion out indefinitely, Pels GM rips NBA

PHILADELPHIA (AP) New Orleans star Zion Williamson is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured left finger, a major blow to the Pelicans' run at a Western Conference play-in spot.

The 20-year-old forward averaged 27 points and 7.2 rebounds in 61 games and the injury comes before the Pelicans opened a five-game trip against certain or potential playoff teams. The Pelicans made the announcement Friday before they played the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers.


Ayton, feisty Paul help Suns down Knicks

PHOENIX (AP) Chris Paul got knocked to the ground by a flagrant foul and popped up angry.

The Phoenix Suns guard first took his frustration out by yelling at New York coach Tom Thibodeau. Then he turned his attention to handling the rest of the Knicks on the basketball court.

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