Westbrook's 17-point 4th quarter leads Thunder past Heat

ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 24, 2018 10:46 AM
Westbrook's 17-point 4th quarter leads Thunder past Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).

Westbrook went 6-for-6 from the field and made 3-of-4 free throws in the final period. He also had 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Steven Adams added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. They have won 7-of-8.

James Johnson scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 20 for the Heat, whose win streak ended at three games.

Oklahoma City made 3-of-17 three-pointers in the first three quarters, then made 5-of-9 in the fourth.

Miami led 66-64 heading onto the fourth quarter.

Adams made a layup after a cut to the hoop and he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Thunder got the rebound, leading to a mid-range jumper by Westbrook that bumped Oklahoma City's lead to 91-84.

Miami cut it to 92-91 on a three-pointer by Johnson, but Westbrook answered at the other end with a three-pointer. Westbrook then got a defensive rebound and bolted to the hoop at the other end for a layup. Miami was called for goaltending, and the Thunder lead was back to six.

Miami cut its deficit to two in the final minute, but Westbrook found Adams on a pick and roll for a dunk that made it 99-95 with 43 seconds to play. Oklahoma City's Paul George then stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw with 38.2 seconds left put the game out of reach.


Heat: G Tyler Johnson committed two fouls in the first 23 seconds. He finished with three fouls. ... G Dwyane Wade entered the game in the first quarter. He finished with seven points in 20 minutes. He hadn't played since March 10 (Mar. 11, PHL time).

Thunder: Outrebounded the Heat 51-41. ... Improved to 7-1 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. ... George made just 3-of-16 shots.


Heat: At Indiana on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

Thunder: Host the Portland on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).

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