Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, and Oklahoma City took advantage of LeBron James' absence to beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-94, on Thursday night.
James sat out with left knee soreness, and without him, Cleveland's winning streak ended at eight games. Cavaliers coach David Blatt said before the game that James' injury wasn't too serious, and he would be day-to-day.
Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots and had eight assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant added 19 points for the Thunder, who have won four straight and 6 of 7 after a 3-12 start.
Kyrie Irving scored 20 points for Cleveland, but he made just 7 of 21 shots. Kevin Love had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Tristan Thompson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Guilty plea in theft
Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store. Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20. - Associated Press