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Box Score Breakdown for Sunday, March 18, 2018
Westbrook triple-double spearheads huge road win for Thunder over Raptors
Oklahoma City Thunder at Toronto Raptors

By Juan Pablo Aravena   

Russell Westbrook was the best player for the Thunder, as he finished with 37 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds to notch his fifth consecutive triple-double. Steven Adams contributed 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Paul George added 22 points, five boards, three assists and three steals. Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, and Corey Brewer finished with 10. DeMar DeRozan led the way for the Raptors with a 24-point performance, but it wasn't enough. Kyle Lowry delivered a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists, while Jonas Valanciunas had 10 points. Delon Wright chipped in with 15 points and eight assists coming off the bench, while substitutes C.J. Miles (15 points) and Pascal Siakam (10) also scored in double figures. Serge Ibaka struggled, though, as he only had seven points and six boards.

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 1:32 PM ET      Updated on March 18, 2018 at 5:15 PM ET

Boston Celtics at New Orleans Pelicans

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Celtics overcame their barrage of injuries to forge a 49-47 advantage by intermission. However, the Pelicans made sure that deficit was short-lived, garnering a four-point lead by the end of the third quarter courtesy of a 35-point haul, and following that up with a final period in which they outscored the visitors by a 26-13 margin. Jayson Tatum scored 23 points and complemented that total with five rebounds, one assist and two steals. Marcus Morris provided 17 points and six boards among his contributions. Terry Rozier's line included 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Greg Monroe delivered a bench-leading 12 points and added six boards, two assists and two steals. Al Horford posted just six points (3-11 FG) -- a total he complemented with four boards, three assists and one block. Abdel Nader finished with eight points, three boards and two steals. Anthony Davis' 34-point, 11-rebound double-double paced the Pelicans. Cheick Diallo led the second unit with 17 points, ripped down six rebounds and dished out one assist. Nikola Mirotic tallied a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double and also had three assists, three steals and two blocks. E'Twaun Moore chimed in with a line that partly consisted of 11 points, five assists and three rebounds. Emeka Okafor's line consisted of eight points and seven rebounds. Jrue Holiday posted just seven points. Rajon Rondo mustered just four points but handed out 11 assists.

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 5:55 PM ET      Updated on March 18, 2018 at 7:10 PM ET

Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves

By Joel Bartilotta

This was a dominant performance for the Rockets, as they held a double-digit lead for well over half of this game. In fact, a 38-23 first quarter really set the tone, as Houston led by 21 headed into the half. Three-point shooting was the difference, with the Rockets hitting 16-of-35 and Minnesota connecting on 10-of-20. Rim protection was also key, with Houston recording eight blocks to the Timberwolves one. James Harden was the player of the game, as he collected 34 points, four rebounds and 12 assists. Chris Paul accumulated 18 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. Clint Capela amassed 16 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Jeff Teague did all he could for Minnesota, as he accrued 23 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. Karl-Anthony Towns totaled 20 points and 18 rebounds. Nemanja Bjeclia finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Jamal Crawford led the bench with 20 points and three assists.

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 6:41 PM ET      Updated on March 18, 2018 at 7:11 PM ET

Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers

By Oscar Heanue

All five Portland starters scored at least 16 points in the team's win on Sunday night. Damian Lillard was the team's scoring leader with 23 points, which included a perfect 9-of-9 night at the free-throw line. C.J. McCollum and Moe Harkless both finished with 21 points. Harkless was especially impressive, shooting 8-of-11 and grabbing two steals. Jusuf Nurkic recorded the game's only double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. On the other hand, the Clippers saw the majority of their points from the bench. In particular, two players did the heavy lifting for the Clippers. Lou Williams led the team with 30 points, including three three-pointers and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free-throw line. Montrezl Harrell added an additional 24 points and also grabbed seven rebounds. No Clippers starter scored more than 15 points in the loss.

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 10:03 PM ET      Updated on March 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM ET