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NBA capsules: Russsell Westbrook scores 37 points, Thunder beat 76ers 122-112

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives around Philadelphia 76ers guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on Sunday night in Oklahoma City (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives around Philadelphia 76ers guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot on Sunday night in Oklahoma City (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Sunday night for their eighth straight victory.

Westbrook made just 6 of 20 shots in the first half, when he was knocked to the ground trying to take a charge as Joel Embiid threw down a dunk over him. He was 8 of 13 in the second half and also had 14 assists and nine rebounds.

Paul George scored 31 points, and Steven Adams added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. Embiid had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 22 points for the 76ers.

The Thunder said guard Andre Roberson is expected to miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a ruptured left patella tendon. Roberson, who was a second-team All-Defense selection last season, was injured when his knee buckled and he fell Saturday at Detroit.

Cavaliers 121, Pistons 104

CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and narrowly missed his second straight triple-double, and Cleveland sent Detroit to its eighth straight loss.

Cleveland has won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak Dec. 9-17.

James was 8 of 15 from the field, 8 of 9 from the foul line and had eight rebounds. Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver each scored 20 points for the Pistons.

Raptors 123, Lakers 111

TORONTO – Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 19 and Toronto snapped Los Angeles’ winning streak at four games.

Kyle Lowry had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas added 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Raptors win their seventh straight over the Lakers.

The victory guarantees the Raptors will have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference through Feb. 4, meaning Dwane Casey will coach Team LeBron in the All-Star Game. Boston’s Brad Stevens, whose Celtics lead the Eastern Conference, is ineligible after coaching last year’s game.

Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Jordan Clarkson also scored 17 points for the Lakers.

Spurs 113, Kings 98

SAN ANTONIO – Bryn Forbes scored a season-high 23 points, helping San Antonio overcome a sluggish in a game in which Sacramento coach Dave Joerger left in the opening minutes after a dizzy spell.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Manu Ginobili each added 15 points in San Antonio’s 13th straight win over Sacramento. Dejounte Murray had 14 points and 10 assists, and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Joerger exited two minutes into the game after slapping his hands together after a non-call, taking two steps toward midcourt and then turning toward his bench and dropping to one knee. He braced himself with one hand on the court and another on a staff member before rising with the help of another staff member. He was taken to the locker room and was examined by a Spurs team doctor. A San Antonio official said Joerger was experiencing lightheadedness and was being kept in the locker room for precautionary reasons.

De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 26 points.

Clippers 112, Pelicans 103

NEW ORLEANS – Blake Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and made a crushing 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, leading Los Angeles past New Orleans in the Pelicans’ first game since a season-ending injury to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Lou Williams added 22 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Clippers.

Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. They’d won seven of eight coming in, but were playing for the first time all season without Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points and 13.9 rebounds before tearing his Achilles tendon in the final seconds of a victory over Houston on Friday night.

Rockets 113, Suns 102

HOUSTON – James Harden had 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Houston.

Harden fell two assists shy of his third triple-double of the season. The Rockets beat Phoenix for the 14th time in their past 16 meetings, including seven straight.

Devin Booker had 31 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, shooting 5 for 9 from beyond the arc. He scored 21 points in the second half to keep the Suns close. T.J. Warren added 24 points.

Bucks 110, Bulls 96

CHICAGO – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to help Milwaukee improve to 3-0 since interim coach Joe Prunty replaced the fired Jason Kidd.

Khris Middleton added 20 points and seven rebounds. Denzel Valentine scored 18 points for the Bulls.

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