Westbrook leads Thunder to victory over Suns
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Phoenix 110-106 on Thursday night for the Suns’ seventh straight loss.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won three straight and 12 of 14. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.
The Suns had six players score in double figures. T.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds, and P.J. Tucker scored 22 points.
Tyson Chandler, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, made a tying layup with 1:34 left. But Durant scored on a fadeaway jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds left.
Brandon Knight had a layup and a dunk for the Suns in the final seconds, but Westbrook responded with two free throws each time. He went 11 for 11 at the line for the night.
Oklahoma City shot 52.5 percent (42 for 80) from the field. Phoenix was right behind the Thunder at 52.4 percent (43 for 82).
Knight finished with 15 points on 6-for-20 shooting, and Mirza Teletovic also scored 15 for the Suns. Devin Booker had 12 points.
Westbrook was nearly perfect in the first half. He had 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting. He also had eight assists and was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.
But Oklahoma City had a 54-53 lead at the break. Phoenix was 6 for 12 from 3-point range in the first half, and Warren had 17 points in the first two quarters.
Suns: It was Phoenix’s 10th straight loss in Oklahoma City. … The teams also met last New Year’s Eve, and the Suns lost 137-134 in overtime.
Thunder: Oklahoma City went 12-3 in December. … Serge Ibaka had nine points and five rebounds.
Suns: Visit Kings on Saturday.
Thunder: Visit Hornets on Saturday.