Westbrook leads Rockets past Bucks

Russell Westbrook has led Houston to a clutch NBA win over Milwaukee.
Camera IconRussell Westbrook has led Houston to a clutch NBA win over Milwaukee.

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets used strong defence down the stretch for a 120-116 NBA victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.

It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston’s offence on a night when fellow superstar James Harden scored 24.

Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61, making 21 of them, and forced 22 turnovers.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists for Milwaukee.

He joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players to have 15 games with at least 30 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a season in the last 50 years.

DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with a second to play, giving San Antonio a 117-115 victory over Memphis that moved the Spurs into ninth place in the Western Conference.

The Spurs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, then needed a bunch of big plays down the stretch from DeRozan after the Grizzlies rallied.

The Spurs are trying to qualify for the postseason for what would be an NBA-record 23rd consecutive season.

They arrived at Walt Disney World in 12th place in the West, but after victories over Sacramento and Memphis are just two games behind the eighth-placed Grizzlies.

Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Spurs, while Australian Patty Mills chimed in with 10 points.

Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, Jaylen Brown added 30 as Boston built a big early lead before holding off Portland 128-124.

Tatum, who added a career-high eight assists, rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting.

In other games, Phoenix edged out Dallas 117-115, despite Luka Doncic scoring a game-high 40 points for the Mavericks, Orlando beat Sacramento 132-116 and the Brooklyn Nets downed the Washington Wizards 118-110.

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