Westbrook carries Thunder
NEW ORLEANS – Russell Westbrook tied a career high with 45 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 102-91 on Wednesday night.
With Kevin Durant sitting out for the fourth time in the past five games because of a left big toe injury, Westbrook became the main offense for the Thunder (25-24), which finished on a 13-0 run to put New Orleans (26-23) away.
"Just trying to find a way to keep us in the game and get us a win," Westbrook said. "This was a must-win for us coming into their building. That was my only thing."
New Orleans' Anthony Davis scored 23 points and had eight rebounds.
•MAKING AMENDS: Benched for the opening quarter because of being late for an afternoon shootaround, Jared Sullinger made two free throws with 22.8 seconds left to break a tie and lift the Celtics over the Denver Nuggets 104-100 in Boston. He finished with 14 points.
•SHORT SLUMP: Jeff Teague scored 26 points and Al Horford added 21 as the Atlanta Hawks got back to winning after their first loss in more than a month, pulling away from the Washington Wizards for a 105-96 victory in Atlanta.
•ONE FOR ATLANTIC TEAMS: Jarrett Jack scored 24 points and Alan Anderson, a former DeLaSalle star, had 22 as the Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 109-93 to hand the Raptors their first loss in 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
•HILL PROVIDES SPARK: Often-injured George Hill, making only his fourth start of the season, had 20 points and six assists to lead the host Indiana Pacers past the Detroit Pistons 114-109. "Certainly George leading the way is a big difference for us," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.
•KNIGHT SHINES BRIGHT: Brandon Knight scored 24 points — 12 in overtime — and had eight assists and seven rebounds to lead the Bucks over the Los Angeles Lakers 113-105 in Milwaukee. Carlos Boozer had 28 points for the Lakers, who lost for the 11th time in 12 games
•GRIZZLIES KEEP WINNING: Zach Randolph had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Memphis Grizzlies to a 100-90 victory over the Utah Jazz. The win extended the Grizzlies' Western Conference-high winning streak to eight games.
•HOWARD OUT FOR A WHILE: Rockets star Dwight Howard is out indefinitely after receiving an injection in his right knee. He had a bone marrow aspirate injection. The team said he will be re-evaluated in about four weeks.