Thunder rally from 19 down in 3rd, top Hornets 111-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 02, 2018 09:52 AM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives against Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
By Steve Reed, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-107 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Alex Abrines had 25 points on five three-pointers for the Thunder, who won their third straight.
Malik Monk and Kemba Walker each had 21 points to lead the Hornets, who shot 11-of-41 from three-point range.
The Thunder made a concerted effort to slow down Walker, who came in averaging 30 points per game. Walker failed to make a field goal before the break and had just three points, although the Hornets still led 48-44 at halftime.
Walker came to life in the third with 10 straight points to help the Hornets push their lead to 19.
Westbrook led the Thunder back.
With 1:12 left, Westbrook drove and found an open Dennis Schroder with a crosscourt pass for an open three-pointer. After a Charlotte miss, Westbrook used a screen from Steven Adams to get by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a layup to push the lead to 108-102. Westbrook punctuated the win with a ferocious dunk with 13 seconds left off a fast break before stopping to glare at the crowd.
Thunder: Westbrook got a technical foul early for screaming "and one" after a driving layup after the foul wasn't called. ... Schroder finished with 21 points and five assists for Oklahoma City.
Hornets: Marvin Williams got his 500th career block.
Thunder: Visit Washington on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Hornets: Host Cleveland on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).