Westbrook leads Thunder past Pelicans

– Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 121-95 on Thursday night, a day after Thunder assistant and former Pelicans head coach Monty Williams' wife died.

Ingrid Williams was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. A moment of silence was observed for her before the game. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City.

Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Kevin Durant scored 23 points, and Serge Ibaka added 18 for the Thunder. The Thunder has won 14 of 16 heading into the All-Star break.

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday each scored 23 points for the Pelicans.


•FEAR THE DEER (AT LEAST FOR ONE NIGHT): Khris Middleton scored 27 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Milwaukee held off Washington 99-92. Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, and John Wall had 15 points and 10 assists.

•HORNET HURT AGAIN: Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tore the labrum in his right shoulder for a second time, possibly ending his season.

•WHITESIDE SUSPENDED: Heat center Hassan Whiteside was suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of Spurs center Boban Marjanovic.