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Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 points and Jerami Grant added 13 for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid.

Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Love earlier in the night. Derrick Rose scored 25 and Courtney Lee added 16.

The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot 73 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead. Anthony made his first seven shots and scored 19 points in the first quarter.

New York led by 17 in the second quarter before the Thunder rallied and took a 62-60 lead at halftime. Westbrook had 19 points and 10 assists at the break.

Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Oladipo's 3-pointer as time expired in the period put the Thunder ahead 88-80.

With about five minutes remaining, Westbrook caught Anthony on a pump fake before draining a 3 that put the Thunder up 105-94.

TIP-INS

  • Knicks: C Joakim Noah and G Brandon Jennings sat out with injuries. Noah missed his fifth straight game with a sore left hamstring, while Jennings sat out with a sore Achilles tendon. ... Willy Hernangomez started in Noah's place and finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. ... Anthony was held to one point in the second quarter.
  • Thunder: G Alex Abrines was added to the Rising Stars Challenge as a replacement for injured Philadelphia big man Joel Embiid. Abrines joins Thunder forward Domantas Sabonis on the World Team. ... Thunder owner Clay Bennett presented Westbrook with his All-Star Game jersey before the opening tip. ... Former center Kendrick Perkins attended the game. He was at the team's practice earlier in the day.


UP NEXT

  • Knicks: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 23.
  • Thunder: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 24.


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