Thunder bolts past Timberwolves in wild double-OT tilt

OKLAHOMA CITY — When Kevin Love drilled the most dramatic of his career-high seven 3-pointers during his first 50-point game over Russell Westbrook, he gave his former UCLA buddy a good ribbing.

At the end of the night, it was Westbrook who got the win.

Westbrook scored a career-best 45 points, Kevin Durant added 40 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Love's franchise-record 51 points to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 149-140 in double-overtime Friday night.

"There's a lot of great performances throughout this game but the good thing about it was our team victory," Westbrook said.

Westbrook set the tone in the second overtime, stealing the ball on Minnesota's opening possession and racing to the other end for a layup that resulted in a three-point play.

The West-leading Thunder never trailed in the period and put it away with nine straight points after Nick Collison blocked Love's shot that would have tied it at 140.

Westbrook and Durant became the first tandem in NBA history to have two games in the same season with 40 points apiece.

Love, whose previous career-high was 43 points, was 16 of 27 from the field and went 7 for 11 on 3s, hitting his first five attempts.

Heat 88, Pistons 73

At Auburn Hills, Mich., LeBron James had 17 points and 10 assists to lead Miami to its fourth straight victory.

Dwyane Wade added 24 points for the Heat.

Bucks 112, Bobcats 92

At Charlotte, N.C., Luc Mbah a Moute scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and Milwaukee had 72 points inside the paint.

Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and Drew Goodson added 14 points and 12 rebounds as six Bucks players scored in double digits. Monta Ellis chipped in with 13 points and Brandon Jennings added 12 for Milwaukee.

Raptors 96, Knicks 79

At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points before leaving with an injury, Andrea Bargnani had 21 and Toronto snapped New York's five-game winning streak.

The Raptors, who had lost seven of 10 coming in, never trailed and led by as many as 22.

Suns 113, Pacers 111

At Indianapolis, Marcin Gortat had 23 points and eight rebounds, Steve Nash added 12 points and tied his season high with 17 assists, and Grant Hill scored 22 for Phoenix.

Danny Granger had 28 points and Roy Hibbert finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who played their second game in a series of three games in three days.

Hawks 93, Nets 84

At Atlanta, Josh Smith had 30 points and 12 rebounds to help Atlanta get its fourth win in five games.

Jeff Teague had 17 points and six assists, Joe Johnson scored 16 and Kirk Hinrich added 14 for the Hawks. Atlanta pulled within four percentage points of Indiana, which lost 113-111 to Phoenix, for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

76ers 99, Celtics 86

At Philadelphia, Elton Brand scored 20 points, and Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Philadelphia remain in first place in the Atlantic Division.

The Celtics would have grabbed first with a win, knocking out a Sixers team that has held that spot for all but a few days this season. The Sixers outscored Boston by 20 points in the third quarter to take control.

Magic 93, Cavaliers 80

At Orlando, Fla., Ryan Anderson scored 17 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Orlando held off Cleveland.

All five Magic players scored in double figures as they sizzled shooting the ball early before having to fight off a Cleveland charge in third quarter. They improved to 18-3 when all their starters reach double digits.

Spurs 104, Mavericks 87

At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili had 11 points and seven assists while starting in place of an injured Tony Parker, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Danny Green added 18 points, Tim Duncan 15 and Matt Bonner 12 for the Spurs, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference at 31-14.

Jazz 121, Nuggets 102

At Salt Lake City, Al Jefferson had 23 points and eight rebounds, Gordon Hayward chipped in 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Utah won its sixth straight.

All five starters reached double figures for the Jazz as Paul Millsap had 14 points, C.J. Miles scored 12 and Devin Harris added 13 points and nine assists.

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