Isaiah Thomas continues to make the fourth quarter his time to shine, and did so Friday night, as he put up 17 of his 38 points in the final quarter of the Boston Celtics' 113-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. The win was Boston's sixth in a row, but also pushed their franchise past the Lakers for most wins in NBA history. The performance was Thomas's 34th straight game with at least 20 points, six away from tying the Celtics' franchise record. Al Horford added 11 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists for the Celtics, who remain in second place in the East. Jae Crowder chipped in 18, while Jaylen Brown had 12 for Boston, as they led by as many as 16. The Lakers lost for a fifth time in six games despite Lou Williams' 21 points. The Celtics also found out that head coach Brad Stevens will lead the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game in New Orleans.
Westbrook's 25th Triple-Double Leads OKC
Russell Westbrook seems to be on track to average a triple-double for the season, and putting up numerous triple-doubles sure won't hurt that chance. Westbrook recorded triple-double number 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Memphis Grizzlies, 114-102, on Friday. He finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, as the Thunder pulled within a half game of Memphis for the sixth seed in the West. The Thunder star put up 19 of his points in the fourth quarter, including the team's final 15, as the Thunder outscored the Grizzlies by 14 in the final frame. His 25th triple-double is the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. Steven Adams had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds in the win. For Memphis, Marc Gasol led the way with 31 points in the losing effort.
McDavid First to 60 Points in Oilers' Loss
Connor McDavid continued the torrid start to his NHL career on Friday night, as his goal Friday made him the first player to reach 60 points this season. Unfortunately, it was his team's lone goal in the Edmonton Oilers' 2-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Sebastian Aho scored the winning goal in the third, helping Carolina split the season series with Edmonton, who took the previous meeting, 3-2, on October 18th. McDavid's goal came at 8:04 of the second period, the 18th of his season. The goal also snapped a two-game point drought for the young star, who also has 42 assists on the season. His stellar play in 54 games has his team in third place in the Pacific with 64 points.