Kevin Durant's return to Oklahoma City ended in defeat as Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 108-91 victory over reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.
MVP Westbrook had his way with the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 34 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists and even enticed Durant to get chippy on the court which is exactly what his former team-mate wanted.
The Warriors never got going offensively shooting 41.3 per cent from the field and 32.3 per cent from three-point range.
Durant – who recovered from an ankle injury to play – did have 21 points and five rebounds, but he was one of just three Warriors to score in double digits on the night. Oklahoma City had four of five starters score in double figures.
The Cleveland Cavaliers stayed hot as they downed the Brooklyn Nets 119-109 for their sixth successive victory.
LeBron James had 23 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, including 18 straight for the Cavaliers, after he was accidentally headbutted by Brooklyn's Tyler Zeller in the third period, which required stitches above his lip.
As for the Boston Celtics, their winning streak was stopped at 16 after losing to the Miami Heat 104-98.
HARDAWAY LIFTS KNICKS, GRIFFIN POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE
New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 38 points on 13-of-27 shooting with seven assists and six rebounds in a 108-100 win over the Toronto Raptors. New York outscored Toronto 41-10 in the third quarter alone.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin tallied his first triple-double of the season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as his team snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 116-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and added nine rebounds, but his final shot was the one that made his night wonderful as he banked in a three-pointer with no time left on the clock in a 95-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
MCCOLLUM HEADLINES PORTLAND STRUGGLES
The Portland Trail Blazers shot badly in a 101-81 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but C.J. McCollum was particularly awful. He went one of 14 from the field scoring five points and adding five rebounds. He also went 0 for three from three-point range.
WINSLOW SPINS OUT OF SIGHT
It took a great night for the Heat to end Boston's run, but plays like this spinning layup from Justise Winslow helped Miami get it done.
Justise working that post! pic.twitter.com/YveBMCyYmm— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 23, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers 119-109 Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers 101-81 Portland Trail Blazers
New York Knicks 108-100 Toronto Raptors
New Orleans Pelicans 107-90 San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks 95-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Houston Rockets 125-95 Denver Nuggets
Charlotte Hornets 129-124 (OT) Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Clippers 116-103 Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat 104-98 Boston Celtics
Oklahoma City Thunder 108-91 Golden State Warriors
Minnesota Timberwolves 124-118 Orlando Magic
Utah Jazz 110-80 Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 (OT) Phoenix Suns
Sacramento Kings 113-102 Los Angeles Lakers
HEAT AT TIMBERWOLVES
The Heat just broke the Celtics' winning streak and they will be taking on a Timberwolves team that has won four of their last six and nine of 13. Heat center Hassan Whiteside is as good as it gets defensively for a big man in the NBA and he will match up with Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns which presents a very interesting battle on Thursday.
16. Dezember 2017
|Smith shines as Australia pass 300 in Perth|
|Tevez nearing Boca Juniors return|
|Rangers acquire Moore from Giants|
|Ronaldo? I was better, says Gremio coach Renato|
|Pique: I understood why Neymar left Barca for PSG|
|Celtics´ Hayward open to returning this season|
|Klopp: We´re all fighting for second place|
|Every player has a price – Mourinho hints at January exits|
|Good question! Guardiola ducks Sanchez link and lauds Walker|
15. Dezember 2017
|Six-try Ulster see off Harlequins|
|Guardiola addresses Mourinho´s tactical foul claims|
|Call the doctor! Conte protests no malice in David Luiz absence|
|Joy for Newcastle on a historic night for referee Neville|
|Sheffield Wednesday 0 Wolves 1: Brilliant Neves fires leaders seven clear|
|Premier League title City´s to lose, but Sterling wary of United charge|
|Barcelona´s Deulofeu a Clasico doubt after training injury|
|Bills QB Taylor to start v Dolphins|
|O´Mahony and Furlong sign new IRFU contracts|
|Salah ´is a player I rate a lot´, says Zidane|
|Allardyce lauds ´invaluable´ Rooney|
|Ramos fit for Club World Cup final|
|Lille sack Bielsa to end failed experiment|
|Manchester United job like Real Madrid, says Mourinho|
|Fernandinho is much better than I was, Guardiola claims|
|That Harry Kane team? – I´m over Guardiola dig, says Pochettino|
|Tuilagi and Toomua return to Leicester line-up|
|Mourinho open to January moves as Griezmann rumours swirl|
|Berizzo set for Sevilla return after cancer surgery|
|Malinga left out of Sri Lanka´s T20 squad|
|Manchester City will not go unbeaten in Premier League - Guardiola|
|Man City are the best – Pochettino braced for Spurs´ toughest test|
|Kristaps Porzingis injury update: Knicks big man says knee ´shouldn´t´ be bad|
|Conte hopeful over David Luiz´s ´serious´ knee injury|
|Neymar not an injury risk after Brazil trip - Emery|
|Bailly to miss three months due to ankle surgery|
|Klopp defends Liverpool rotation policy|
|Arsenal fan Prince Harry´s wedding day to clash with FA Cup final|
|He´s one of the best – Simeone showers Oblak with praise|
|Juventus won´t sell in-demand Pjaca, agent claims|
|Bolasie in line for Everton return after long-term injury|
|Bedene to switch back from Britain to Slovenia|
|Maradona told Real Madrid to sign Mbappe|
|Samuels out of NZ tour, Narine to miss T20s|
|Sydney FC 3 Melbourne City 1: Champions come from behind to go eight points clear|
|Red-hot Salah wins Player of the Month|
|Heynckes unaware of reported Sanches loan termination|
|Maradona: I´d have won more Ballons d´Or than Ronaldo and Messi|
|Khawaja pleased to restore parity in Perth|
|Bairstow enjoys playful celebration of crucial century|
|The Ashes Round-up: Smith leading by example again|
|Wenger confirms Wilshere contract talks imminent|
|Sensational Smith leads Australia fightback|
|We´ve never been approached by Man United – Wenger rejects Ozil reports|
|Joshua ´absolutely´ capable of unification, says Klitschko|
|Mathews fit for India-Sri Lanka series decider|
|Lewandowski demands focus ahead of Christmas|
|Fury not rushing back to take on Joshua|
|Klopp right to rotate at Liverpool – Neville|
|Overton strikes twice for England in Perth|
|LeBron´s 59th triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers|
|Jets offensive coordinator admits surrender in blowout loss to Broncos|
|Osweiler helps Broncos past Colts|
|England collapse to be all out for 403 in Perth|
|Donnarumma plays down Milan exit rumours|
|Barkley could leave in January – Allardyce|
|Siemian suffers shoulder injury, Osweiler in for Broncos|
|Pulisic voted youngest-ever male USA player of the year|
|Griezmann will be allowed to leave – Simeone|
|Steelers LB Shazier has begun rehabilitation process|
|Guardiola appears to aim another dig at Mourinho|