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NBA: Westbrook leads Thunder in triple-overtime rumble

FILLING IN:Kevin Durant was out with an injury, but substitutes Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook made up for the absence by scoring a total of 75 points

AP, NEWARK, New Jersey

Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, battles for position with Orlando Magic forward Quentin Richardson, right, and Magic forward Rashard Lewis in the third quarter of their game on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

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Russell Westbrook capped a 38-point, 15-rebound performance by scoring all of Oklahoma City’s 13 points in the third overtime as the Thunder overcame the absence of an injured Kevin Durant with a 123-120 win against the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

Jeff Green added a career-high 37 points as the Thunder outlasted New Jersey in a game in which the Nets equalized at the end of regulation on a running 26-foot three-pointer by Anthony Morrow, then blew leads of six points in the first overtime and three points with 4.6 seconds to go in the second.

Brook Lopez led New Jersey with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Farmar added a career-high 28 points and nine assists while starting for injured point guard Devin Harris.

Rockets 109, Lakers 99

In Houston, Kevin Martin scored 22 points and Shane Battier added 11 of his 17 in the final three minutes to lift the Rockets over Los Angeles.

The loss is the fourth in a row for the Lakers, who were led by Kobe Bryant’s 27 points.

Lamar Odom had a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks, but did not score in the fourth quarter. Matt Barnes added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Clippers 90, Spurs 85

In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Eric Gordon added 21 points as Los Angeles ended an 18-game skid against San Antonio.

Baron Davis had seven points and 10 assists in his return from a 10-game injury absence for the Clippers, who have the league’s worst record with four wins and 15 losses. They still beat the club with the NBA’s best record for the second time in 10 days, following a similarly stunning win over New Orleans late last month.

George Hill scored 17 points and Manu Ginobili added 15 for the Spurs, who dropped to 15-3 with their first road loss of the season after an 8-0 start away from San Antonio.

Magic 107, Bulls 78

In Chicago, Jameer Nelson scored 24 points as Orlando spoiled the Bulls debut of forward Carlos Boozer.

Boozer played his first game of the season after missing all of Chicago’s preseason games plus the first 15 of the regular season after breaking the fifth metatarsal in his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2. Tentative most of the game, he finished with five points and two rebounds in 22 minutes, shooting 2-for-5 from the floor.

Vince Carter scored 22 points for Orlando, Brandon Bass had 17 off the bench and Nelson added nine assists.

Raptors 127, Wizards 108

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, while Andrea Bargnani and Sonny Weems each had 18 as Toronto set a season high in points.

Toronto led by as many as 27 and avenged a 109-94 loss in Washington on Nov. 16. The Raptors shot 51-for-88 (58 percent), their highest percentage of the season.

JaVale McGee scored 21 points for the Wizards, who have lost four straight and fell to 0-9 on the road.

Hawks 112, Grizzlies 109

In Atlanta, the Hawks had six players score in double figures, including a season-high 16 points off the bench by Josh Powell, to overcome the loss of Johnson, the team’s four-time All-Star and top scorer.

The Hawks have won four straight. Mike Bibby, who had 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the last 5 minutes after Memphis trailed just 95-94.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Celtics 99, Trail Blazers 95

‧ Heat 97, Pistons 72

‧ Mavericks 100, T-wolves 86

‧ Hornets 89, Bobcats 73

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