Russell Westbrook was named to the All-Star team on Thursday as a reserve, but he continued to state his case as to why he should be starting. Westbrook put up 45 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Dallas Mavericks, 109-98, on Thursday night. The MVP candidate had 17 of his points come in the final 8:23 of the game, making 7-of-10 shots in the fourth, including 3-of-4 from downtown. He finished 16-of-29 overall, grabbing eight rebounds and recording three assists, ending his triple-double streak at three. Victor Oladipo added 17, while Steven Adams scored 15 in the Thunder's third straight victory. Although, one bad note for OKC, as forward Enes Kanter is expected to miss two months after fracturing his forearm by punching a chair in frustration in the second quarter.
Gonzaga Rolls to Remain Unbeaten
The third-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have next-to-no competition in conference play, as they recorded another blowout victory on Thursday, 79-43, over San Diego. Nigel Williams-Goss led the scoring with 25 points, helping his team improve to 21-0 on the season. Jonathan Williams added a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, as the Bulldogs also ran their record to 9-0 in the West Coast Conference. They now have the nation's longest win streak at 21 games, being the only undefeated team left, as they look to claim the No. 1 spot for the first time this season. All they have to do is defeat Pepperdine on Saturday, as both Villanova and Kansas have lost this week.
Oregon Pulls Away to Extend Win Streak
The 10th-ranked Oregon Ducks have a win streak of their own, which is good for a school record, as they pulled away from Utah on the road for a 73-67 win on Thursday. Dillon Brooks had 19 points to lead the Ducks to their 17th straight win, as they also sit at 8-0 in Pac-12 play. Oregon held off a Utah rally, as they led by as many as 13 points, and the Utes got the deficit down to as low as four. Two blocks at the rim and some free throws helped Oregon hang on for the conference victory. Jordan Bell had 15 points, while Dylan Ennis added 13 for Oregon, as they will put their win streak on the line Saturday night on the road against Colorado.