Westbrook pours in 42 points to lead Thunder past Pelicans
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[December 22, 2016]
(The Sports Xchange) - Russell
Westbrook scored a team-high 42 points, including 11 consecutive in
the final five minutes, and reserve guard Alex Abrines scored 18
points to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 121-110 victory over
the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday at the Smoothie King Center.
Westbrook, the NBA's leading scorer, added 10 rebounds and seven
assists and fell short of his 51 triple-double of the season. The
Thunder (17-12), who had lost three of four games coming in, also
got 14 points and 14 rebounds from center Enes Kanter.
The Pelicans (10-21) were led by Anthony Davis, who scored 34 points
and had 15 rebounds, and by Jrue Holiday with a season-high 23
Tyreke Evans cut the Oklahoma City lead to 89-87 with a 3-pointer
from the right wing, but the Thunder then went on an 11-0 spurt,
fueled by reserve guard Alex Abrines' nine points that included two
Abrines added another long-range jumper and Oklahoma City led 105-89
with 8:04 left. Abrines finished 5 of 10 from long range.
The Pelicans opened the third quarter with a small lineup and got
three consecutive layups by Davis, Holiday and Terrence Jones to
take a 64-63 lead. But Westbrook scored 12 points in the quarter as
Oklahoma City took an 87-84 lead into the fourth quarter.
Westbrook drew a blocking foul on Davis with 4:58 left in the
quarter -- Davis' fourth foul -- and that opened up the middle for
Westbrook finished the first half with force, scoring Oklahoma
City's final eight points in the last 1:20 of the second quarter to
give the Thunder a 63-58 lead. Westbrook finished the first half
with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists.
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) is defended by New Orleans
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the first quarter of a game
at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA
Davis kept the Pelicans in the game, scoring 17 points and grabbing
six rebounds in the first half. But Davis had to sit after picking
up his third foul on Westbrook's drive to the basket with 3:11 left
in the half.
The Pelicans made 15 of 16 free throws in the first half to somewhat
offset Oklahoma City's 28-18 advantage in the paint. Holiday added
14 first-half points for New Orleans.
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