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Streak over but Westbrook stars in Thunder

AAP logoAAP 12/12/2016

Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak has ended at seven games, but he finished the night with two things that meant more to him - a win and his long-lost shooting stroke.

Westbrook scored 23 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Boston Celtics 99-96 on Sunday (Monday AEDT).

He had 12 rebounds but only six assists, ending the NBA's longest triple-double run since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989.

Westbrook hadn't been satisfied. He shot just less than 38 per cent during the streak, and said after Friday's loss to Houston it bothered him.

Against the Celtics, he made 14 of 26 shots and finally found his rhythm.

"Just taking shots I wanted to take, that was the most important part," he said.

Westbrook wasn't worried about the streak ending.

"Honestly, I'm just happy we won tonight," he said.

"That's the most important thing. As a player, I always try to look forward. Maybe at the end of the season I can talk about it, but as of right now my job is to move forward and get ready for Portland."

Steven Adams scored 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting and Enes Kanter added 14 points for the Thunder, who have won seven of eight.

Oklahoma City got away with making just 14 of 27 free throws.

Al Horford scored 19 points, and Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each added 18 for the Celtics.

Meanwhile, Robert Covington had 16 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 97-79 for their second consecutive road victory after going nearly a year without one.

Ersan Ilyasova added 15 points for the Sixers, who had matched a franchise record by losing 23 straight games away from home before beating New Orleans last Thursday.

The win came as the 76ers hoped to unveil Australian No.1 draft pick Ben Simmons at point guard in January, when he makes his expected return from a broken foot.

The side's recent improved form could allow him to be free from the pressure of being tasked with turning around the fortunes of a battling franchise.

In Sunday's other NBA games, Klay Thompson scored 30 points and the Golden State Warriors roared back to avoid their first set of consecutive regular-season losses since 2015 with a 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Tim Frazier got his first career triple-double and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 120-119 in overtime, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Derrick Rose scored 25 in his return from injury and the New York Knicks held off the Los Angeles Lakers 118-112 for their sixth win in seven games.

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