Russell Westbrook rebounds with triple-double as Oklahoma City Thunder win

Jose Verdugo
Marcha 14, 2019

Russell Westbrook scored 31 points in his 25th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-96 on Wednesday night [Thursday NZ time].

Paul George scored 25 points and Jerami Grant added 15 for the Thunder, who shot 49 per cent in the second half.

Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the 130th triple-double of his career.

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, the Thunder came out of the break with a renewed energy, pouring in 38 points in the period, with Westbrook (11 points) and George (13 points) taking over the quarter.

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Seven quick points from Spencer Dinwiddie gave Brooklyn back the lead. Oklahoma City scored 20 points in the first 3min 41sec of the third quarter to take the lead, and the Thunder took an 80-78 edge into the fourth. "In the second half, I made an adjustment". He hit a 3-pointer after a scramble to put the Thunder ahead 100-87 with 4:51 to go. With the game in the balance, OKC then reeled off a 14-0 run to shut the door on the Nets, with big man Steven Adams causing plenty of trouble inside, throwing down a pair of alley-oops. He had seven points, five rebounds and five assists in the final period.

"I just tried to stay in attack mode and find ways to continue to get my teammates - I thought in the first half, I did a bad job in the first half of finding my guys", he said.

The Nets play at the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

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