Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Trail Blazers
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in his 12th triple-double of the season, and Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 128-94 on Monday night.
Westbrook had the 31st triple-double of his career and matched Sacramento’s Rajon Rondo for the most assists without a turnover in a game this season.
Enes Kanter scored a season-high 26 points, Kevin Durant added 20 and Serge Ibaka had 15 for the Thunder, whose 45th win matched their victory total from last season. Oklahoma City shot a season-high 59 percent from the field.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum added 15 for the Trail Blazers, who have lost five of seven. Portland shot a season-low 34.1 percent from the field.
Portland allowed its highest field-goal percentage of the season, and Oklahoma City’s field-goal percentage defense was its best of the season.
The Thunder improved to 12-0 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double, and he fell one rebound short of having it by halftime. He collected his 10th point on a layup with 3:37 remaining in the first half and notched his 10th assist on a pass to Ibaka for a dunk with 2:40 remaining in the second quarter. He got his ninth rebound with 3:25 left, but couldn’t snag another one. He had 10 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists at the break.
According to STATS, no NBA player has collected a triple-double in the first half of a game since the start of the 2002-03 season, when the company began keeping track.
Oklahoma City led 66-42 at the break, and Westbrook dished out five more assists in the third quarter to help the Thunder go up 102-72 at the end of the third period.
Trail Blazers: Portland shot 31.4 percent in the first half. … The Blazers committed just four turnovers before the break. … If the playoffs had started Monday, Portland would have been at Oklahoma City. … Lillard scored 14 points in the third quarter. … Beat Orlando 121-84 on Saturday for their largest victory of the season.
Thunder: G Dion Waiters missed his fourth straight game. He returned home after his brother’s death. … Durant scored 15 points in the first quarter, matching the most he’s scored in that period this season. … The Thunder went on an 18-0 run that stretched from late in the first quarter to early in the second. … Nazr Mohammed played for the second time since Oklahoma City picked up the free agent. He scored his first basket of the season in the final minute.
Trail Blazers: At San Antonio on Thursday.
Thunder: At Boston on Wednesday.