NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook had 42 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 121-110 on Wednesday night.

Alex Abrines scored nine of his 18 points during a pivotal 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. The surge gave the Thunder a 100-87 lead with 9:18 left and New Orleans never got within eight points after that.

Enes Kanter, who hit a hook shot during that spurt, finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Anthony Davis had 34 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans. Jrue Holiday added 23 points and 10 assists, and Terrence Jones scored 21 points.

CAVALIERS 113, BUCKS 102: Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a career-high 13 assists, and LeBron James scored 29 as Cleveland won its second game in two nights over Milwauke, despite being without two starters.

The NBA champs were not at full strength as Kevin Love didn’t dress for the second straight game with a bruised left knee, and J.R. Smith sat out after breaking his right thumb Tuesday at Milwaukee. Smith needs surgery, and the Cavs won’t have a timetable on his return until after the operation.

They were missed, but Cleveland’s two biggest stars more than made up for the absences as the Cavs won for the eighth time in nine games. The only loss in that stretch was last week at Memphis when James, Irving and Love stayed home to rest.

GRIZZLIES 98, PISTONS 86: Marc Gasol matched a career high with 38 points on 14-of-17 shooting, and Memphis beat Detroit in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The Grizzlies ended their three-game losing streak, while Detroit dropped its fourth straight.

TIMBERWOLVES 92, HAWKS 84: Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 18 rebounds and Minnesota won in Atlanta.

Zach LaVine added 18 points for the Timberwolves, who earned consecutive wins for the first time since April 5-9.

WIZARDS 107, BULLS 97: John Wall had 23 points and nine assists, and Washington rallied in Chicago for its third road victory of the season.

Trey Burke and Marcus Thornton came off the Washington bench to spark a decisive fourth-quarter burst. After the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 77, Burke and Thornton combined for 10 points to give the Wizards a 91-85 lead.


LABOR TALKS: A new labor deal is on the verge of being finalized, after owners voted Wednesday to approve a proposed seven-year collective bargaining agreement that was tentatively agreed to last week.

The owners’ vote was unanimous and players are expected to finish casting their ballots in the coming days, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NBA nor the National Basketball Players Association has revealed specifics about the voting process publicly.

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