TORONTO – Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant had 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 104-92 on Sunday.
Serge Ibaka had 19 points and eight rebounds and Kevin Martin scored 16 as the Thunder enjoyed a winning start to a stretch that sees them play 11 of 13 on the road. Oklahoma City came in having played an NBA-low 12 road games this season and improved to 9-4 as visitors.
Alan Anderson scored a career-high 27 points and Amir Johnson had 19 for the Raptors.
HEAT 99, WIZARDS 71: LeBron James scored 24 points and host Miami had an edge in rebounding for a change in a win over woeful Washington.
The Heat, beaten on the boards by a total of 38 rebounds over the previous three games, this time enjoyed a 50-39 advantage. Udonis Haslem led them with 12.
Miami scored the game’s final 21 points, holding Washington scoreless over the last 7:07.
James extended his streaks of scoring at least 20 points to 32 games this season, and 53 including last year’s playoff run.
BOBCATS 108, PISTONS 101: Kemba Walker had 20 points and seven assists, Ben Gordon scored 18 points and Charlotte beat host Detroit in overtime for just its second win in 21 games.
Ramon Sessions added 15 points and Bismack Biyombo had 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Bobcats.
Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points to lead Detroit. Greg Monroe had 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.
Walker’s driving layup with 7.8 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 96-all, sending the game to overtime. Then, he and Tyrus Thomas had four points each for Charlotte in the extra period.
GRIZZLIES 92, SUNS 81: Zach Randolph scored 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 to lead Memphis at Phoenix.
Tony Allen scored 11 and Marc Gasol had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
P.J. Tucker scored a career-high 17 points for the Suns, who have lost eight of nine.
Gasol scored four points, including a fallaway 17-footer, and Gay added a 21-foot jumper to key a 10-3 run that put the Grizzlies ahead 81-68.
ROCKETS: Houston suspended first-round pick Royce White for “refusing to provide services” required by his contract.
General Manager Daryl Morey said that the team will continue to work with White in hopes of finding a resolution.
Last week, White refused his assignment to Houston’s D-League affiliate. The 16th overall pick in the June draft has spent most of the season on Houston’s inactive list while he and the team figure out how to handle his anxiety disorder and overall mental health.
MAVERICKS: Dallas requested waivers on guard Chris Douglas-Roberts after he spent only two weeks on their roster. Douglas-Roberts was the D-League’s top scorer when he was signed from the Mavericks’ affiliate on Dec. 23.
In six games for Dallas, the 6-foot-7 Douglas-Roberts averaged 2.8 points in 101/2 minutes a game. He averaged 22.5 points in 11 games in the D-League for the Texas Legends before that.
BULLS: Chicago signed guard Daequan Cook, who was released by the Rockets Thursday. Cook played in 16 games for Houston and averaged 3.4 points in 10.3 minutes.
CAVALIERS: Cleveland waived forward Samardo Samuels, who made one start and played in 18 games this season for the Cavs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds.