Westbrook’s 20th triple-double leads Thunder past Kings

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks over Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, March 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook scored 17 points and notched his 20th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 106-101 on Monday night.Westbrook had 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the 99th triple-double of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Paul George and Carmelo Anthony each scored 21 points for the Thunder, who moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.Thunder center Steven Adams left the game in the third quarter with a left hip contusion and did not return. Just two days earlier against San Antonio, he hurt his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Garrett Temple and Justin Jackson each added 15 for the Kings.Oklahoma City led 46-40 at halftime. George had 14 points and Anthony 13 for the Thunder. Temple’s tip-in in the closing seconds of the third quarter gave Sacramento a 79-78 lead. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Harden helps Rockets to easy win over Spurs Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed The Thunder led 88-85 in the fourth quarter when Westbrook checked back in after a brief rest. He got his 10th assist on a pass to Jerami Grant for a layup and his 10th rebound with just over 3 minutes to play. Westbrook’s lob to Grant for a dunk put the Thunder up 102-92 with just under 3 minutes to play.Sacramento cut its deficit to 104-101 on a pair of free throws by Bogdanovic with 23 seconds left, but Brewer made two free throws with 17 seconds left to put it out of reach.TIP-INSKings: Former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield came off the bench and scored three points in 15 minutes. … The start of the second half was delayed because a wire was hanging down behind one of the backboards and needed to be taped.Thunder: G Terrance Ferguson returned after missing Saturday’s game against San Antonio while in concussion protocol. He played 11 minutes and scored three points. … Anthony made three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game. … Oklahoma City improved to 7-3 since the All-Star break.UP NEXTKings: Host Miami Heat on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Thunder: Play at Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIESlast_img