The Oklahoma City Thunder stayed atop the NBA's Western Conference standings by cooling off the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night.
Russell Westbrook poured in 32 points and the Thunder halted the Nuggets' six-game winning streak by whipping Denver 117-97. Kevin Martin and Kevin Durant each had 20 points for the Thunder, who built a 16-point lead in the first quarter and led wire-to-wire for the second time this season. Westbrook hit six of his first eight shots and had 16 points in the first 10 minutes.
Oklahoma City improved to a league-best 31-8 and moved one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers.
San Antonio remains two games behind the Thunder after Tony Parker's 17 points and 11 assists led the Spurs to a 103-82 rout of Memphis. Tim Duncan added 19 points for the Spurs, who shot 58 percent and extended their home winning streak to 13 games.
Jeff Teague had a career-high 28 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia finished two assists shy of a triple-double and the short-handed Atlanta Hawks beat Brooklyn 109-95 on Wednesday night to stop the Nets' seven-game winning streak.
The Hawks played without leading scorer Josh Smith, suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for "conduct detrimental to the team" following an incident in practice Tuesday.
The Hawks, who had lost six of seven, almost doubled their point total from Monday night's 97-58 loss at Chicago.
Pachulia had 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Al Horford had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Brook Lopez had 22 points for the Nets, who lost for only the second time in 11 games under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
Elsewhere in the NBA Chicago beat Toronto 107-105. Orlando won against Indiana 97-86. Dallas got the better of Houston 105-100. New Orleans trumped Boston 90-78. Cleveland edged ahead of Portland 93-88. Sacramento defeated Washington 95-94. Miami topped Golden State 92-75. Checking college basketball now Butler beat Richmond 62-47. Maryland emerged victorious over NC State 51-50. UNLV took San Diego St. and won 82-75. Missouri defeated Georgia 79-62.Michigan State won against Penn St. 81-72. For WAMC sports news, I’m Jaired Crofut