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Westbrook ejected in OKC NBA loss

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016

Marc Gasol scored 25 points and the Memphis Grizzlies took advantage of Russell Westbrook's ejection, dominating the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 114-80 victory in the NBA on Thursday night (Friday AEDT).

And in Los Angeles, Andrew Bogut continued his return from injury to play 21 minutes for two points and seven rebounds in Dallas's 101-89 win against the Lakers.

The Mavericks outscored Los Angeles 31-13 in the third quarter to take command of the contest and beat the Lakers for the 12th successive time.

Westbrook, the NBA's leading scorer with an average of 31.7 points per game, scored 21 before he was tossed midway through the third quarter in Memphis when he was whistled for two quick technical fouls. At that point, the Grizzlies already held a double-digit lead that reached 37 points in the fourth quarter.

Westbrook had 19 points in the first two quarters but committed the bulk of the Thunder's 11 turnovers in the half.

His ejection came with 6:41 left in the third quarter when he argued with official Brian Forte.

Zach Randolph added 21 points for Memphis. He and Gasol both grabbed eight rebounds.

In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and made two critical layups before leaving with a leg injury and Kevin Love scored 30, helping the Cavaliers hold off a late rally for a 124-118 victory over the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs led by 20 points in the third and 17 early in the fourth but couldn't close out the Celtics, who pulled within one point three times in the final two minutes.

Irving, though, came up with his big baskets and the Cavs had to fend off Boston over the final 53 seconds as their star guard grabbed his right hamstring and went to the bench. His injury did not appear to be serious.

LeBron James had 23 points and 11 assists for the Cavs, who won for the 11th time in 13 games. The only two losses during that stretch came at Memphis and Detroit - games James sat out.

Isaiah Thomas scored 31 and Avery Bradley had 23 but both players were on the bench when the Celtics kept chipping away in the fourth. Bradley and Thomas then both made layups as the Celtics twice got within a point, but Irving countered on consecutive possessions for Cleveland.

A day before his 32nd birthday, James flirted with his 46th career triple-double as he finished with eight rebounds. But he also had eight turnovers and the Cavs got sloppy down the stretch, aiding Boston's comeback.

Elsewhere, Joe Ingles was one-from-two from three-point range as he scored three points in Utah's 100-83 win against Philadelphia.

In Charlotte the Hornets beat Miami Heat 91-82 and in Phoenix the Suns beat the Toronto Raptors 99-91.

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