THUNDER OVERPOWER CLIPPERS: LeBron, Harden, Westbrook sparkle in triumphant efforts

June 2, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves to the basket against Golden State Warriors during the second half in game one of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Houston’s James Harden scored a career-high 53 points, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook achieved a first-half triple double and LeBron James sparked an injury-hit Cleveland squad in triumphant NBA efforts Saturday.

Westbrook, the NBA’s top scorer with 31.3 points a game, needed only 19 minutes to reach double figures and finished with 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds in the Thunder’s 114-88 home victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harden, Westbrook’s former Thunder teammate, had a triple double of his own with 17 assists -- matching his career best -- and 16 rebounds in powering the host Rockets over New York 129-122.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James scored 32 points, 17 in the first quarter, and had nine assists while Kevin Love added 28 points and 10 rebounds to spark the defending NBA champion Cavaliers over host Charlotte 121-109.

Westbrook, the only NBA player since 1997 to manage a first-half triple double, scored 11 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and passed off 12 assists to spark Oklahoma City to a 69-40 half-time advantage.

But Westbrook’s 16th triple double of the season fell short of the NBA’s fastest-ever triple double, achieved in only 17 minutes by Syracuse’s Jim Tucker in 1955.

At Charlotte, Jordan McRae scored 20 points in only his second career start to ease the load on James as Cleveland was missing guard Kyrie Irving due to a tight right hamstring and reserve forward Mike Dunleavy with an ankle injury.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 37 points.

At Houston, Brandon Jennings led the Knicks with 32 points while New York star Carmelo Anthony scored only seven points before leaving the game with a sore left knee.

Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points, Jabari Parker added 27 and Malcolm Brogdon contributed 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for Milwaukee in the Bucks’ 116-96 victory at Chicago. Jimmy Butler scored 26 points in a losing cause.

French big man Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Gordon Hayward added 18 points to spark host Utah over Phoenix 91-86.

Mike Conley scored 22 points in his return after missing two games with a toe injury and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies ripped Sacramento 112-98 despite losing Spanish center Marc Gasol with a left ankle sprain three minutes into the second half.

The Grizzlies netted a club-record 17 3-pointers, 11 of them in the third quarter, in improving to 22-14. They made six 3-pointers in a row and 7-of-8 over a 4:30 span that saw them open a 22-point advantage.

“When we’re shooting like we were today, we’re a very tough team,” Conley said. “The ball was shared so much that guys got a lot of open looks.”

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
United's Lukaku fined for Beverly Hills noise complaints

Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has agreed to pay $450 for a July incident where police were called to the home where he was staying after the Belgian failed to heed repeated noise warnings, a Los Angeles Superior Court clerk said on Tuesday.

Champions League: Besiktas into knockout stage for first time with Porto draw

Turkish champions Besiktas reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time as they fought back for a 1-1 draw at home to Porto in their penultimate Group G match on Wednesday.

KPL: Kariobangi Sharks, Zoo Kericho, Nzoia Sugar and Nakumatt overcome baptism by fire to avoid relegation

One of the greatest stories of this year’s Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season is the fact that all the four teams that were promoted last season avoided the drop.

Gor Mahia legend Timothy Ayieko passes on

Uganda football federation confirmed the death of the former Uganda Cranes player stating that burial arrangements will be communicated.

Tonight’s Champions League Predictions

ViewTonight’s Champions League Predictions

Everton's Niasse charged with 'deception', facing two-game ban

Everton striker Oumar Niasse became the first Premier League player to be charged with “successful deception of a match official” on Tuesday after diving to win a penalty in a match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and could be banned for two games.

More Stories
Basketball: Ulinzi Warriors have KBF title in crosshairs

Former champions Ulinzi Warriors showed intentions to reclaim the Kenya Basketball Federation league as they staged a good show in the national play-offs last weekend.

Basketball: Kenyans feel the heat in Angola

And unlucky Zetech University falter in play-offs at home.

Basketball: Zetech continue with mixed signals in the league

Zetech University scrapped a half-basket win as they edged out University of Nairobi Terror 44-43 in the Kenya Basketball Federation men’s Division One League at Upper Hill School at the weekend.