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Westbrook triple-double leads Thunder past Clippers

Published:Saturday | January 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (right) shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday night.


This was the plan from the beginning. It just took a little longer to come together than Oklahoma City had hoped.

The Thunder added All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to MVP Russell Westbrook and waited for the wins to roll up.

And then they started 8-12.

They've hit their stride now, though, as evidenced by a 127-117 victory Thursday night that ended the Los Angeles Clippers' four-game winning streak.

Oklahoma City's 'Big Three' was on full display: Westbrook had his 13th triple-double of the season with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his latest homecoming. George scored 31 points and Anthony added 22.

They almost dared the Clippers to outscore them.

"Absolutely, when we're on, all three of us hot like that, it's going to result in a lot of wins," George said.

The Thunder have won eight of their last 10 games.

"We found our rhythm," Anthony said. "We still have some ways to go as a team, but we've figured out how we want to play and who we are."

Despite a rash of injuries, the Clippers had also been playing well. They led by three going into the fourth quarter, but then were immediately outscored 12-0, mostly by the Oklahoma City bench.

DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with a season-high 26 points and 17 rebounds. Lou Williams had 26 points and Blake Griffin scored 24, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the Thunder.

"You can't take all three of those guys away," Jordan said. "We just tried to do the best we could making it tough for those guys to score."

In another match on Thursday night, Stephen Curry had 29 points, Klay Thompson added 28, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 124-114 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Draymond Green had a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine games and have won an NBA-best 16 road games this season.

The teams stayed close through most of the game, but the Warriors had a seven-point lead with about three and a half minutes left. They scored the next five points, highlighted by a three-pointer from Curry, to make it 120-109 and send many of the home fans streaming for the exits.

The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon, and Gerald Green came off the bench to score 29 and tie a career high with eight three-pointers. Houston played its second game without injured star James Harden, out for at least two weeks with a hamstring strain.

Thursday's results

Golden State 124, Houston 114; Oklahoma City 127, LA Clippers 117.