NBA wrap: Russell Westbrook makes history; Warriors stay ahead of Nuggets

Russell Westbrook posted a monstrous triple-double in Oklahoma City’s 119-103 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

The Thunder star tallied 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists at Chesapeake Energy Arena. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1968 to record those numbers in a game.

Oklahoma City hasn’t played well lately, but its latest triumph keeps it tied with San Antonio for the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Thunder got valuable offensive contributions from multiple players. Five members of the team scored at least 15 points and everyone benefited from Westbrook’s distribution.

Meanwhile, the Warriors entered Tuesday with a one-game lead over the Nuggets in the Western Conference. But they extended that margin to two with a 116-102 win in Oracle Arena.

Golden State got out to a big lead, but lost Kevin Durant to an ejection in the third quarter after he attempted to argue a call with an official.

From there, Denver was able to cut its deficit and make the final score more respectable.

DeMarcus Cousins was the star of the night. The big man had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in a dominant performance against Nikola Jokic.

None of the Nuggets’ starters shot over 50 percent from the field, but Jamal Murray led the team with 17 points.

The Warriors, now 53-24, have a chance to control their own destiny as the regular season comes to a close.

Studs of the Night

James Harden’s game-high 36 points and 10 assists led Houston to a 130-105 win over Sacramento.

DeMar DeRozan posted 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the Spurs’ 117-111 victory against the Hawks.

Duds of the Night

Rudy Gay scored six points on 3-of-10 shooting for San Antonio.

Gary Harris managed six points on 1-of-9 shooting for the Nuggets.


Paul George set the tone early against the Lakers with a slam on the break.

Durant extended over the Nuggets’ defense to complete a powerful finish, bringing Warriors fans to their feet.

What’s Next?

Spurs (45-33) at Nuggets (51-26) 9 p.m. ET — San Antonio has clinched a playoff spot but is tied for seventh in the Western Conference with Oklahoma City. Denver sits in second in the standings but is still within reach of Golden State. If both sides hold their spots, they will face off in the first round of the playoffs.