Friday, March 17, 2017
NBA: Countdown to triple-double record continues as Thunder prevail
Russell Westbrook delivered his 34th triple double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fourth straight with a 123-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
Westbrook also had 16 assists and 10 rebounds for the Thunder who led by as many as 32 after grabbing a 30-point advantage early in the final quarter.
"My job is to make sure I make the game easy for my teammates," Westbrook said. "They (Raptors) are an aggressive team and I have to use that to my advantage."
Victor Oladipo added 23 points as the Thunder improved to 39-29 on the season.
The Raptors dropped to 29-29 and have lost four of their past seven games.
They had a 10-point cushion at the half and stretched that to 27 at the end of the third.
Enes Kanter contributed 14 points off the bench for Oklahoma City. Andre Roberson had 13 points, and Steven Adams and Taj Gibson each scored 10.
DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points. Norman Powell added 13 points off the bench and Cory Joseph had 11 points. Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright each scored 10 points.
The Thunder led 58-48 at the intermission. Westbrook had 12 points, 11 assists and six rebounds in the first half.
DeRozan led Toronto with 14 first-half points.