Thunder 101, Hornets 91
Russell Westbrook didn’t think the Oklahoma City Thunder were aggressive enough in the last meeting with the Charlotte Hornets.
The NBA’s reigning MVP made sure that didn’t happen again Saturday.
Westbrook had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the visiting Thunder beat the Hornets to snap a three-game losing streak.
Paul George added 17 points and Steven Adams had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Hornets All-Star point guard Kemba Walker had several shots blocked on drives to the basket and finished 5 of 17 from the field. He still led the Hornets with 19 points.
Clippers 126, Kings 105
Lou Williams scored 26 points in the Clippers’ win over the visiting Sacramento Kings, giving Los Angeles a 21-21 mark at the season’s midpoint.
Willie Reed added 14 points and 13 rebounds making his first start of the season in place of DeAndre Jordan, who has a sprained left ankle. Blake Griffin had 11 points and nine assists as one of eight Clippers in double figures.
Warriors 127, Raptors 125
Stephen Curry returned from a two-game absence to score 24 points, Klay Thompson had 26 and the Golden State Warriors blew nearly all of a 27-point lead before beating the host Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points.
Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Draymond Green had 14 for the Warriors.
Spurs 112, Nuggets 80
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points in his return from a three-game absence, Davis Bertans had 18 and host San Antonio never trailed in a victory over Denver.
Leonard played 28 minutes after sitting out the previous three games with a strained left shoulder.
Danny Green had 11 points in his return from a 10-game absence due to tightness in his left groin.
Nikola Jokic had 23 points and nine rebounds for Denver.
Bulls 107, Pistons 105
Zach LaVine scored 14 points in his first game in 11 months, rookie Lauri Markkanen added 19 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Chicago made 17 3-pointers and held off several late charges by the Pistons to win for the 13th time in its last 20 games.
LaVine was making his Bulls debut after being acquired from Minnesota in the Jimmy Butler trade.
Avery Bradley scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 21 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit.
Wizards 119, Nets 113 (OT)
John Wall scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime and added 16 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 119-113 after giving back a 23-point lead.
Bradley Beal added 24 points and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 22 points for Brooklyn.
Lakers 107, Mavericks 101 (OT)
Julius Randle had 23 points and 15 rebounds, including a follow shot late in overtime that helped the Los Angeles Lakers seal a victory over the host Mavericks.
Jordan Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17.
Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 23 points, 17 in the first half, as the Mavericks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped.
NOTEBOOK: Knicks waive Sessions
The New York Knicks have waived Ramon Sessions, who opened the season as their starting point guard but has played little since.
Sessions started the first three games, all losses, before the Knicks switched to Jarrett Jack. With lottery pick Frank Ntilikina as the backup, Sessions has largely been out of the rotation.
NBA: Westbrook leads Thunder past Hornets 101-91
Thunder 101, Hornets 91