Westbrook scores 30 as Thunder hold off Hornets

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 24, 2018 12:43 PM
Westbrook scores 30 as Thunder hold off Hornets
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) reacts after scoring against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

By Murray Evans, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a late rally by Charlotte to win 109-104 on Friday night, completing a regular-season sweep of the Hornets (Saturday, PHL time).

Dennis Schroder — paired with Westbrook in the starting lineup for the first time this season — scored 23 points and Paul George added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of its last 14 games after an 0-4 start.

Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight assists for Charlotte, but the NBA’s leader in made three-pointers went 2-of-10 from behind the arc. With the Hornets down 105-104, he drove and passed to Marvin Williams, who missed a two-point jumper from the corner. Westbrook rebounded and hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.

Walker missed a three-pointer from the right wing with 2.4 seconds left and Westbrook again rebounded and hit two free throws to seal the win for the Thunder.

Charlotte rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to close within 93-92 on a put-back by Jeremy Lamb with 5:38 left and was within 97-95 after Walker hit a three-pointer with 3:49 left. Westbrook answered with a three-point play and Oklahoma City pushed its lead to six points before Williams hit a three-pointer with 37.1 seconds left to pull Charlotte within 105-104.

Westbrook threw ball away with 20.5 seconds left, giving the Hornets a chance to take the lead.

Lamb scored 18 points for Charlotte.

The Thunder took the lead for good at 53-51 on a three-point play by Burton with 4:49 left in the first half and a three-pointer by Westbrook in the final minute gave Oklahoma City a 62-57 advantage at halftime. The Thunder led 89-80 entering the fourth quarter.


Hornets: Reserve G Tony Parker missed the game with bruised ribs. Coach James Borrego said Parker was day-to-day . F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain . Frank Kaminsky recorded a season scoring high for the second straight game, finishing with 12 points after scoring 11 against Indiana on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Williams’ 10 points gave him 10,002 for his career . Lamb tied his career high for made free throws, going 8-for-8.

Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan said G Terrance Ferguson, who sprained his left ankle in a win Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Golden State, will be reevaluated in 10-to-12 days. The Thunder said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) rookie G Hamidou Diallo, who also sprained his left ankle during that game, would be reevaluated in 7-to-10 days . Two-way player Deonte Burton scored a career-high 11 points


Hornets: Wrap up a two-game road swing on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at Atlanta.

Thunder: Continue a four-game homestand on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against Denver.

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