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    Westbrook flirts with triple-double as Thunder rally past Hornets

    Nov 2, 2018
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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-107 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

    Alex Abrines had 25 points on five 3-pointers for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

    Malik Monk and Kemba Walker each had 21 points to lead the Hornets, who shot 11 of 41 from 3-point range.

    The Thunder made a concerted effort to slow down Walker, who came in averaging 30 points per game. Walker failed to make a field goal before the break and had just three points, although the Hornets still led 48-44 at halftime.

    Walker came to life in the third with 10 straight points to help the Hornets push their lead to 19.

    Westbrook led the Thunder back.

    With 1:12 left, Westbrook drove and found an open Dennis Schroder with a crosscourt pass for an open 3-pointer. After a Charlotte miss, Westbrook used a screen from Steven Adams to get by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a layup to push the lead to 108-102. Westbrook punctuated the win with a ferocious dunk with 13 seconds left off a fast break before stopping to glare at the crowd.

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