Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Nets
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season, and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets 124-105 on Friday night.
Westbrook made 13 of 21 shots and had just three turnovers. It was the 41st triple-double of his career.
Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Steven Adams added 15 for the Thunder, who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Oklahoma City shot 55.1 percent from the field and outrebounded the Nets 46-30.
Brook Lopez scored 22 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson each added 13 for the Nets, who lost their third in a row. Brooklyn scored 40 points in the first quarter but never managed more than 23 in a period the rest of the way.
The Thunder led 64-61 at halftime behind Westbrook's 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Oklahoma City began pulling away early in the third quarter. Westbrook found Oladipo for a reverse layup, then threw a long pass to Joffrey Lauvergne for a dunk that gave the Thunder a 76-66 lead.
Westbrook got his triple-double midway through the period. Oladipo's floater in the closing seconds of the quarter put the Thunder up 96-82.
Nets: Former Thunder guard Randy Foye started and scored two points in 15:30. … Lopez matched a career high for 3-pointers in a game by hitting four in the first quarter. … Trevor Booker and Adams were issued double technicals after an altercation under the basket in the fourth quarter. … Anthony Bennett scored a season-high 12 points.
Thunder: Shot 57.8 percent in the first half. … Westbrook did not attempt a 3 in the first half and shot just one in the game. … Backup G Semaj Christon left in the third quarter after stepping on a Nets player's foot and banging his head against Enes Kanter's knee because he couldn't control his fall. Christon was evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and did not return.
HALL OF FAMER
Michael Jordan inducted Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday. Westbrook is one of the most visible and successful Jordan Brand athletes. Jordan said he sees some of himself in Westbrook.
“This kid has the same passion,” Jordan said.
The Nets host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The Thunder host the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.