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Westbrook claims 50th NBA triple-double

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016

Russell Westbrook passed the credit around like he shared the ball on Saturday night.

Westbrook had a career-high 22 assists in his 50th career triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

"My teammates did a great job of spacing, catching and finishing, making some shots," he said. "My job is to be able to find those guys. The ball is in my hands a lot."

Westbrook also scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 13th triple-double of the season.

He had gone three games without one, yet the league's leading scorer continues to average double figures in points, rebounds and assists.

Westbrook set up his teammates for much of the night, but he also showed why he averages more than 30 points per game.

He scored 17 points on five-for-nine shooting in the third quarter to help the Thunder push their lead out to 20 points.

"As the game goes on, I read and kind of see what's open," he said.

"And I can go back to different things that I see that's open and try to find ways to be assertive and when not to be. That's just something I've learned over the years."

Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds and Enes Kanter added 12 points for Oklahoma City, which had dropped two in a row.

LeBron James scored 16 points in the fourth quarter, Kyrie Irving matched a career high with 12 assists as the refreshed Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108.

Kevin Love had 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, leading the Cavs to their sixth win in seven games.

The Cavs were back at full strength after coach Tyronn Lue left James, Love and Irving behind earlier this week for a game in Memphis, a decision that sparked some criticism as fans were denied a chance to see the three stars and Cleveland lost.

Meanwhile, Indiana were too strong for hosts the Detroit Pistons with Paul George scoring 26 points in the Pacers' 105-90 win.

Australia's Aron Baynes had four points and four rebounds for the Pistons who were led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who scored 20 points.

In Atlanta, Marvin Williams and Marco Belinelli each scored 19 points, helping the Charlotte Hornets snap a four-game skid with a 107-99 victory over the Hawks.

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