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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on January 7


By The Sports Xchange

Russell Westbrook tallied his 17th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 121-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. File Photo by Gary C. Caskey/UPI
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook tallied his 17th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 121-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook racked up 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists. That included going 7 of 12 from 3-point range.
Thunder center Steven Adams added 16 points and four blocked shots. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points on 7 of 19 shooting to help Oklahoma City improve to 22-16.
Wilson Chandler came off the bench to pace the Nuggets with 24 points. However, he scored only five in the second half. Will Barton scored 21 on 6 of 11 shooting as Denver dropped to 14-23.
It was the fifth straight game Denver has allowed an opponent to score 120 or more points. All have been losses.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Utah rallied from a double-digit deficit to top Minnesota.
Utah's George Hill had a team-high 19 points, while Rudy Gobert provided the eventual game-winning shot when he tipped in a miss with 27.5 seconds remaining.
Minnesota guard Zach LaVine had 24 points to lead the way for Minnesota, but his long jumper just before the buzzer bounced off the rim, resulting in another loss for the Timberwolves.
Boston Celtics 117, New Orleans Pelicans 108
BOSTON -- Boston again went to the long ball and completed a sweep of a four-game homestand with a victory over New Orleans.
Isaiah Thomas continued his torrid stretch with 38 points and Marcus Smart, starting for the injured Avery Bradley, scored a season- and home career-high 22 as Boston hit 18 3-pointers and had 71 during the four-game homestand.
It was the third time in NBA history a team made at least 15 3-pointers in four straight games. Houston did it twice last season.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Jeff Teague and Paul George each scored 19 points, and Indiana extended its winning streak to five games with a victory against New York.
Indiana placed six in double figures, getting 16 points from Thaddeus Young, 15 from C.J. Miles, 14 from Al Jefferson and 13 from Myles Turner, who had 10 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony had 17 points for New York, as did Brandon Jennings, who was ejected along with Indiana's Joe Young after the two got into a brief shoving altercation with only 21.3 seconds remaining.
CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler scored 42 points, the last of which came on a step-back 3-point field goal with 17.3 seconds left in overtime, as Chicago rallied from a 19-point deficit for a win over Toronto.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Bulls, who won their third straight game and their 10th consecutive game against the Raptors. Doug McDermott scored 17 points off the bench for Chicago, which also got 12 from Nikola Mirotic. Jerian Grant's two free throws with 10.6 seconds remaining in overtime finished off the win.
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points for the Raptors, who also got 27 points and 12 assists from Kyle Lowry and 14 points from both Jonas Valanciunas and Cory Joseph.
SAN ANTONIO -- Rookie reserve forward Davis Bertans had a career-high 21 points as San Antonio posted its third straight victory and seventh in eight outings with a victory over Charlotte at the AT&T Center.
Bertans, who averages 2.6 points in 9.6 minutes per game, scored eight points in a crucial stretch of the third quarter. Kawhi Leonard finished with 19 in the win.
The game was tied at 60 before Bertans caught fire by scoring eight of San Antonio's 10 points in a three-minute stretch (including a four-point play and another 3-pointer) to help stake the Spurs to a 73-64 lead at the end of the third quarter.
DALLAS -- Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dennis Schroder combined for 42 points to lead streaking Atlanta past Dallas at American Airlines Center.
The Hawks won their first game since trading away Kyle Korver to extend their unbeaten run to six.
Hardaway knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 22 points for Atlanta, which has also claimed the last six meetings against the Mavs. Schroder scored 20 and drilled three from deep.
Dwight Howard had his 24th double-double with 15 points and 20 rebounds. Paul Millsap, reportedly on the trading block, scored 17 but made only 3 of 10 shots and pulled down nine boards.
Saturday's scheduled contest between Detroit and Portland was postponed due to severe weather conditions in Portland, Ore.
Weather forecasts calling for dangerous levels of snow and ice in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington led to the postponement.
The game was rescheduled for Sunday night at 9 ET -- 6 PT in Portland.


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