Thunder outlast Timberwolves in double overtime

Minnesota's Kevin Love shoots over Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins in the second quarter. Love had 51 points in the loss.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 45 points, Kevin Durant added 40 points and a season-high 17 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a career-high 51 points from Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love to beat the Timberwolves 149-140 in double overtime Friday night.


The Thunder never trailed in the second overtime and put it away with nine consecutive points after Nick Collison blocked Love’s shot that would have tied it at 140.


76ERS 99, CELTICS 86

In Philadelphia, Elton Brand scored 20 points, and Spencer Hawes had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help the 76ers remain in first place in the Atlantic Division with a victory over Boston.

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.

There was a serious scare when Celtics guard Mickael Pietrus left on a stretcher and was hospitalized after an awkward collision late in the first half. He was listed as having a questionable closed head injury. Pietrus landed hard on his tailbone and his head nearly smacked the court. He instantly clutched the back of his head with both hands and rolled over on his side.



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

Dwyane Wade added 24 points for the Heat, who posed for a photo earlier in the day wearing team-logo hoodies. Players were speaking out following the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager wearing a hooded sweatshirt who was shot by a neighborhood crime-watch volunteer in February in a suburb of Orlando, Fla.



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


SUNS 113, PACERS 111

In Indianapolis, Marcin Gortat had 23 points and eight rebounds, Steve Nash added 12 points and tied his season high with 17 assists, and Phoenix beat Indiana.



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

The Magic have won eight in a row over the Cavaliers.



In 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 in a rout.



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