Mar 20, 2015 10:47 PM
Westbrook posts another triple-double; Thunder beat Hawks
The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook had yet another triple-double and scored 17 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Atlanta Hawks 123-115 on Friday night.
It was Westbrook's seventh triple-double since the All-Star break, his ninth of the season and the 17th of his career. He had 10 rebounds and 14 assists while making all 17 of his free throws.
Dion Waiters matched a season high with 26 points, Anthony Morrow scored 12 of his 21 in the fourth quarter and Steven Adams had 12 points and 16 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which learned earlier Friday that reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant likely will miss the rest of the season with pain in his right foot.
Pero Antic scored a career-high 22 points and Dennis Schroder added 21 for the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks, who were blown out by Western Conference leader Golden State on Wednesday.
The Hawks shot 58 percent in the first half and led 68-61 at the break. Antic matched his career high of 18 points before halftime, and Schroder added 12. Westbrook had 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the first half.
Atlanta extended its lead to 12 early in the third quarter, but a 7-0 run by the Thunder trimmed the Hawks' lead to 81-76. Atlanta still led 95-90 heading into the fourth.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Morrow cut Atlanta's lead to 103-102 with just over seven minutes to play, and a 3 by Westbrook tied it at 105. On Oklahoma City's next possession, Westbrook found Morrow for his third 3-pointer of the quarter to finally put the Thunder ahead.
Morrow hit yet another 3 with just over four minutes to play, and the Thunder remained in control from there.
Hawks: F Kyle Korver missed his third straight game with a broken nose. ... Former Thunder G Thabo Sefolosha, now with the Hawks, sat out with a right calf strain. The crowd cheered loudly when he was shown on the big screen. ... Atlanta shot 50 percent in the game.
Thunder: F/C Enes Kanter sat out with a sprained left ankle. ... Oklahoma City shot 51 percent in the first half. ... The Thunder outrebounded the Hawks 44-34.
Thunder: Host Miami on Sunday.
Hawks: Host San Antonio on Sunday.
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