Westbrook, McDermott pace Thunder (-13) in rout of Kings
March 18, 2017 05:05 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook scored 28 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook shot 9 of 20 from the field to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds. He was only two rebounds shy of his 36th triple-double.
Doug McDermott came off the Thunder bench to score 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting and Steven Adams added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Enes Kanter scored 14 points as Oklahoma City won its fifth straight game and improved to 40-29. The Thunder are tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the Western Conference.
Georgios Papagiannis led the Kings with 14 points and 11 boards, Skal Labissiere added 13 points and Buddy Hield had 11 as the Kings dropped to 27-42.
In the opening minutes of the game, the Kings looked like they might give the Thunder a fight. Led by Collison, Sacramento took a quick 10-9 advantage.
That was the last bit of hope the Kings had. The Thunder outscored them 20-9 the rest of the quarter to grab a double-digit lead.
The Oklahoma City bench continued to caused problems for Sacramento. Kanter wore out the lighter Willie Cauley-Stein in the paint as he racked up 10 first-half points. McDermott made three of his first four shots.
While Westbrook didn't have to explode for big numbers, he made enough signature plays to make an imprint on the game. That include draining a jumper in the final seconds of the half to give Oklahoma City a 63-41 halftime lead.
Sacramento could not get its offense rolling. Andre Roberson played suffocating defense on Hield while Cauley-Stein, Darren Collison and Labissiere couldn't buy a basket.
Despite that, with 9:17 left in the fourth, the Kings had cut the deficit down to 14 points. This brought Westbrook back onto the court to close out the game.
In the next three minutes, Oklahoma City was back up by 20 and in total control of the contest.
NOTES: Oklahoma City is third in the NBA in fastbreak points per game at 17.2. The Thunder trail the Golden State Warriors (22.6) and Phoenix Suns (20.1). However, the Thunder are one of only three teams the top 15 that average more fastbreak points on the road (17.4) than at home (16.9).
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