AROUND THE NBA | Thursday’s games
Thunder 121, Wizards 112
Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Washington Wizards for their sixth straight victory. Westbrook made 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season. Paul George scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start. Bradley Beal scored 41 points and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers. The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington trimmed its deficit to a point in the third quarter before the Thunder rallied.
Kings 89, Heat 88
De’Aaron Fox’s rebound dunk with 3 seconds left capped a huge comeback by the Sacramento Kings, who rallied from a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat. The Kings outscored the Heat 17-4 in the final 5:46, winning at Miami for the first time since 2001. Buddy Hield scored 24 points for Sacramento, which got 14 from Fox, 11 from Bogdan Bogdanovic and 10 from Zach Randolph. Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, and he was the only Heat starter to finish in double figures. Wayne Ellington had 20 and Justise Winslow added 11 for the Heat.
Nuggets 130, Knicks 118
Gary Harris scored 23 points, Trey Lyles had 21 and the Denver Nuggets beat the New York Knicks. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic added 18 points apiece for the Nuggets, who defeated the Knicks for the 10th time in a row in Denver. New York hasn’t won in the Mile High City since 2006. Kristaps Porzingis, returning to action after missing Tuesday’s loss at Golden State with a sore knee, and Michael Beasley each scored 21 points for the Knicks. Enes Kanter had 20 and Trey Burke 18. The Nuggets scored 10 straight points to start the fourth quarter, including 3-pointers by Will Barton and Lyles to rebuild Denver’s lead to 109-92.