Westbrook, Durant lead Thunder past Rockets



HOUSTON — Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the Oklahoma City Thunder built a big lead in the second quarter and rolled to a 124-94 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.

Durant scored 11 points during a 16-0 run by the Thunder to end the first half and extend the lead to 18. Oklahoma City had another big run early in the third quarter to put the game further out of reach.

Former Thunder sixth man James Harden scored 25 points for the Rockets, who went cold on offense for long stretches.

Kevin Martin, who came to Oklahoma City in the trade for Harden, finished with 19 points.

BUCKS 104, HEAT 85

In Milwaukee, Wis., Brandon Jennings scored 25 points and Larry Sanders had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bucks.

Miami’s LeBron James led all scorers with 26 points. Dwyane Wade added 24.



In New York, Brook Lopez scored a season-high 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Brooklyn improved to 2-0 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 15 points for the Nets, who fired coach Avery Johnson on Thursday.

CJ Miles scored 33 points and made eight 3-pointers for Cleveland.


In Charlotte, N.C., Eric Gordon had 24 points and seven assists, helping New Orleans overcome a 21-point first-half deficit and extend the Bobcats’ losing streak to 18 games.

Charlotte is one game away from a winless December. The Bobcats haven’t won since Nov. 24.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 22 points and nine rebounds and Gerald Henderson added 19 points for Charlotte.



In Memphis, Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points down the stretch and the Grizzlies beat Denver.

Gay’s rush was part of 10 consecutive points for Memphis, breaking open a 68-68 game with 4:45 left. His 18-footer on the baseline with 1:25 left gave Memphis a 10-point lead, helping the Grizzlies snap a two-game losing streak.

Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer and JaVale McGee all had 12 points for Denver.



In Minneapolis, Nikola Pekovic had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Kevin Love added 23 points and 18 boards to lift Minnesota past Phoenix.

Luis Scola had 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who lost their fifth consecutive game.



In Orlando, Fla., DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Jose Calderon added 15 points and 10 assists, helping Toronto to an easy victory over injury-depleted Orlando.

Rookie Ed Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds as Toronto won for the seventh time in eight games.

Rookie Andrew Nicholson led Orlando with a career-high 22 points. Arron Afflalo added 14 for the Magic.



In Chicago, Marco Belinelli came off the bench to score 17 points and lead the Bulls over Washington.

Carlos Boozer added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls
(16-12), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Bradley Beal led the NBA-worst Wizards (4-24) with 14 points.