Westbrook tallied his sixth consecutive triple-double Monday night with a 32-point, 13-rebound, 12-assist performance in a 102-99 Thunder victory against the Hawks on Monday. Westbrook's historical efforts have sparked a recent five-game winning streak for an OKC iteration still looking to forge a solid identity. It was Westbrook's 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career.
"He played well, but as I've said all along, he's going to have some good games, and he's going to struggle some. Every time I step on the floor, I'm blessed beyond belief". Just days after being named NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for October/November, Westbrook can now lay claim to Western Conference Player of the Week honors.
Charlotte 109, Dallas 101: Kemba Walker scored 19 points, Nicolas Batum had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and the Hornets came back to defeat the Mavericks in Dallas.
Anthony Davis, the NBA's leading scorer, had 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Buddy Hield, who led nearby Oklahoma to the Final Four last season, scored 16 points in his first game back in the state.
Oklahoma City led 49-41 at halftime. Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said: "The worst thing you can do is take him for granted or take what he's doing for granted", according to an National Basketball Association article. I was trying to curl for the most part, go for the (two and foul again).
"It was insane", he said. Scooping up a loose ball after a turnover by the home team, Westbrook led a 2-on-1 that ended with a pass to Victor Oladipo for a layup that gave the Thunder a 69-59 lead. He missed the first 12 games while his wife, former US women's national team soccer player Lauren Holiday, recovered from surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. "It's so great to get back in there and get a rhythm and see the ball go through the net".
Kidd played from 1994 to 2013, much of his career spent during a time when the game was considered to be more physical with more dominant big men to contend with on the boards. Miles had 12 points after missing six games with a sore left knee. Westbrook has totaled 11 triple-doubles this season. Chris Paul had 18 points and 11 assists for Los Angeles, while J.J. Redick scored 15 points on five first-half 3-pointers.
Kevin Durant added 20 points as the Warriors bounced back from their double-overtime loss against Houston to win for the 13th time in 14 games. He was the first overall pick by the Orlando Magic in 2004. During this 10-game stretch (since November 18), Atlanta has the worst Offensive Efficiency (91.8) and ninth-worst defense in the league.
Portland 112, Chicago 110: Damian Lillard had 30 points and seven assists, CJ McCollum scored 24 and the Trail Blazers beat the Bulls in Chicago for thier third consecutive victory.
DeMarcus Cousins paced the Kings with 36 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Adams missed multiple preseason games with a right ankle injury during the fall.
These games always seem close, though, nearly no matter how they start.
Allen Crabbe added 17 points for Portland, which opened a five-game trip with its fourth win in five games.