NBA: Thunder down Pelicans while Bucks stop Wizards

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Feb 11, 2016.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook dunks the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Feb 11, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into the National Basketball Association's All-Star break with a 121-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, aided by 23 points apiece from Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

Westbrook was one rebound shy of his ninth triple-double of the season as he collected 10 assists and nine rebounds.

Durant connected on 10 of 17 from the field and also handed out six assists as Oklahoma City improved to 40-14.

The Thunder are one of three Western Conference teams heading into the All-Star break with at least 40 wins, behind the Golden State Warriors (48-4) and San Antonio Spurs (45-8).

According to Elias Sports, that is a first for any conference in NBA history.

Centre Anthony Davis scored 23 points to lead the Pelicans, but was limited to three rebounds and no blocked shots.

Guard Jrue Holiday came off the bench to score 23 points and six assists as the Pelicans, ravaged by injury this season, fell to 20-33.

In Milwaukee, Khris Middleton scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks defeated the Washington Wizards 99-92.