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Westbrook stars as Thunder win in NBA

Associated Press Associated Press 25/11/2016

Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 18 assists and 12 rebounds for his sixth triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 132-129 in overtime of their NBA game on Friday night (Saturday AEDT).

Westbrook scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to help the Thunder rally from 13 down and end a three-game losing streak. His 18 assists were a season high.

Victor Oladipo had 26 points for the Thunder.

In Cleveland, LeBron James pulled down a full-court pass from Kevin Love, threw down a dunk and gave the touchdown signal on his way up the court.

Times are good for the defending NBA champions.

Love scored 27 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers led by as many as 45 points in a 128-90 rout of Andrew Bogut and the Dallas Mavericks.

Love hit seven three-pointers while Irving, who made his first 10 shots, scored 19 points in the first quarter. Irving's big quarter came two nights after Love scored an NBA-record 34 in the first against Portland.

James, playing in his 1,000th regular-season game, had 19 points and 11 assists. The game's signature moment came when Love found James streaking down the right side of the court for the play that thrilled the crowd.

"I've been in that position quite a lot," said James, who played wide receiver in high school. "Kev's been doing those outlet passes. It's up to him. He's the quarterback. I'm just the receiver."

The highlight-reel play came the day before the entire Cavaliers team will attend the college football game between Ohio State and Michigan.

Australian centre Bogut had a team-high 11 rebounds for Dallas, but only managed two points and two assists to complement his work around the glass.

In Milwaukee, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, including a contested jumper with 16 seconds left over Tony Snell and Giannis Antetokounmpo, to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 105-99 victory over the Bucks.

"The mid-range, that's his hot spot," Snell said. "It was a tough shot (against) good defence."

Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova scored 11 points and dished out eight assists for Milwaukee.

DeRozan again tormented the Bucks and Kyle Lowry scored 19 as Toronto hit a season-high 14 three-pointers to continue their dominance against the Bucks. The Raptors have won 11 of the last 12 meetings, and six straight in Milwaukee.

"I'm not concerned about our offence," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "But until we commit to the defensive end, we're kidding ourselves."

Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and added 11 assists, while Snell had a season-high 16 points.

Earlier on Saturday AEDT, Patty Mills continued to shine in the early part of the NBA season, dropping a season-high 19 points as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Celtics 109-103 in Boston.

In some of the other games, Detroit beat the Clippers 109-97, Utah hammered Atlanta 95-68, Chicago beat Philadelphia 105-89 and New York Knicks beat Charlotte Hornets 113-11 after overtime.

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