Westbrook stars, Diallo hurt in Thunder's win over Warriors
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 22, 2018 02:17 PM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, dribbles next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95 Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in a game in which Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left with an apparent left leg injury.
Diallo's left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko's missed layup when they both went down hard.
Westbrook began 1-for-6, then hit his stride, finishing with 11 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. It was his second game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, then another when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Paul George had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Steven Adams contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder sent the two-time defending NBA champions to their first four-game skid in nearly six years.
Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 points apiece with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were again playing without All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as well as key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.
Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.
In a loss Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7-for-7 from the floor. He made both his three-point tries on the way to 18 points.
Westbrook's three-pointer 4:17 before halftime put the Thunder ahead 50-37.
The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 in their season opener Oct. 16 (Oct. 17, PHL time) and had won the last three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with just 11 assists to 10 turnovers but opened the third with a 13-2 run to get within 62-59.
While Golden State dropped 10 of its final 17 games last season, the Warriors hadn't endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season since dropping four in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. They also lost six straight just before that in February '13.
OKC's Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first with a sprained left ankle and didn't return.
CARE FOR PARADISE
The Warriors hosted the boys and girls basketball teams from the Northern California town of Paradise, devastated by the Camp Fire.
Golden State COO Rick Welts and forward Jordan Bell greeted coaches Jerry Cleek and Sheila Craft, players and principal Loren Lighthall along with other evacuees before the game.
Of the 31 players in attendance, 29 lost their homes in the fire.
"It's fantastic. It means so much to the kids," said Cleek, who has been at the school 52 years.
Golden State players and coach Steve Kerr offered messages on the big screen in the second quarter. Six signed jerseys — by Curry, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Thompson — were being auctioned while the team also was raising funds through a CrowdRise site, with the Warriors to match up to $25,000.
Kerr appreciated the Warriors' efforts to support fire victims during a "tragic time."
"We're doing what we can and I think people will appreciate it, but obviously those people up there need much more than just to be able to come to a basketball game," Kerr said. "I would urge everybody out there to chip in and help any way they can."
Thunder: The Thunder improved to 2-4 on the road against the Western Conference. ... Nerlens Noel returned after missing Monday's game with an illness then got hit in the face at the 9:24 mark of the second. He was able to come back. ... G Alex Abrines was out with a viral illness. ... OKC won at Oracle 125-105 on Feb. 6 this year.
Warriors: The Warriors dropped to 8-2 at home, 5-1 facing the West. ... Curry missed his seventh straight game with a strained left groin and will be out at least through Saturday's matchup with Sacramento. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated that day. Green was sidelined for the sixth time in eight games — five of those nursing a sprained right toe while he also sat out last Tuesday (last Wednesday, PHL time) vs. Atlanta because of a team-issued suspension. ... McKinnie missed his fourth in a row because of a sore left foot.
Thunder: Begin a four-game homestand by hosting Charlotte on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Warriors: Host Trail Blazers on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) having won the last seven at home vs. Portland but lost two straight overall.