RUSSELL Westbrook notched his 60th career triple-double but the Oklahoma City Thunder had to lean on Victor Oladipo late to survive the New Orleans Pelicans’ gallant stand in the second half without Anthony Davis to come away with a 114-105 win at the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).
Westbrook scored 17 of his 27 points in the first half and finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists to pass Larry Bird in the NBA triple-doubles list. The Thunder took advantage soon as Anthony Davis left with a thigh injury in the second quarter, extending a 12-point lead to 22 early in the third quarter, 67-45.
But New Orleans kept fighting, unleashing a 10-0 blast late in the third and another 9-0 blitz midway through the fourth to cut the gap down to five, 105-100. Oladipo then hit a triple from a Westbrook assist, and got a steal to score on the break to push the lead up to 110-102 and take the fight out of the Pelicans.
Steven Adams added 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Enes Kanter also ended up with a double-double of 17 markers and 11 boards. Oladipo chipped in 15 for OKC who improved to 27-19.
E’Twaun Moore led the Pelicans (18-28) with 18 points, while Solomon Hill, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans scored 14 apiece.