Thunder 111, 76ers 97

BY foxsports • March 18, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Russell Westbrook notched his league-leading 13th triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised past the Philadelphia 76ers 111-97 on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kevin Durant added 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, scoring at least 20 points for the 54th straight game.

Enes Kanter scored 16 points and Steven Adams had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who improved to 47-22 and won for the third straight game.

The Thunder won their 14th in a row over the Sixers, their longest streak over any opponent in the league.

Oklahoma City also won its 20th road game, pushing its mark to 20-13.

After building a 17-point lead at the end of the third quarter, the Thunder quickly extended it to 23 at 95-72 with 9:17 remaining. They continued to play an up-tempo style and the Sixers had trouble locating Oklahoma City's shooters.

The game was never in doubt from there for the Thunder.

The biggest drama came late in the fourth quarter as Westbrook needed just one assist for his triple-double. His pass to Durant for a layup with 4:14 left sealed the triple-double.

In the process, Westbrook tied Grant Hill (1996-97) and Jason Kidd (2007-08) for 13 triple-doubles in a season dating back at least 25 years.

Nik Stauskas led the Sixers with 23 points and Hollis Thompson added 16. Jerami Grant scored 15 points, Nerlens Noel added 12 and Isaiah Canaan had 10 for Philadelphia, which dropped its fourth consecutive game and fell to 9-60.

The Sixers, who have lost 17 of their last 18 overall, are 1-14 on the second half of back-to-backs this season.

The Thunder were utterly dominant on the boards with a 63-36 margin. They had 39 boards in the first half, an arena record for a half.

Westbrook electrified the crowd with a vicious one-handed dunk for an early 15-10 lead in the first quarter.

After trailing 27-23 at the end of the first quarter, the Sixers surprisingly ripped off an 11-0 run to go ahead 34-27. It was their largest lead of the first half.

The Thunder received 25 of their 53 first-half points from Durant (14) and Westbrook (11). Oklahoma City led 53-47 at halftime.

Stauskas was hot for the Sixers with 13 points in 16 first-half minutes. Stauskas hit his first five shots from the floor and wound up 5 of 6.

But Philadelphia hung tough thanks to only three turnovers in the first half.

NOTES: Thunder F Serge Ibaka was given a rare night off for rest. ... The Sixers were without injured Fs Robert Covington (concussion protocol), Richaun Holmes (right Achilles strain) and Jahlil Okafor (out for the season with right knee injury). ... Thunder G Dion Waiters, a Philadelphia native, recently rejoined the team after the death of his brother, Demetrius Pinckney. Waiters' brother was reportedly shot dead in South Philadelphia on March 8. ... The Sixers are 1-8 since Okafor went down with a knee injury. ... Sixers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo was in town for a second straight game. Colangelo sat in the front row for much of the second half of Thursday's loss to the Washington Wizards.



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