Westbrook, Thunder overpower Clippers

Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:43pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Russell Westbrook collected his 16th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Westbrook posted 17 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists. He achieved the triple-double mark in less than 20 minutes in the first half. He is now two triple-doubles away from matching his total from last season.

"It's a blessing man," Westbrook said. "My teammates do a great job of making it easy for me.

"My job is to keep the pace high and keeping reading the game. The game will tell you what to do and that's what I do."

Enes Kanter came off the bench to lead the Thunder in scoring with 23 points, while Victor Oladipo added 15 points and Alex Abrines added 12 points before being leaving the game late in the third quarter with concussion like symptoms.

Brandon Bass had 18 points and Marreese Speights added 18 off the bench for Los Angeles. Austin Rivers was the only starter to reach double figures with 14 as they lost their sixth successive game.

"You can lose your spirit in this and we haven't done that," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

"My job is to get us through this. This is a heavy hit for us. We're losing games, we're dropping placings.

"At the end the day, we have to get through this, learn something. Learn something about each other."   Continued...

Dec 31, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket in front of LA Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports