Westbrook powers Thunder past Clippers
The Oklahoma City Thunder continue to chug along, as the visitors defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 127-117 Thursday evening at Staples Center in Southern California.
Leading the way for Oklahoma City was Russell Westbrook, as the 29-year old Long Beach, Southern California native scored 29 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists for a triple-double for the game. It took Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony a while to get started and gel like a squad as the team needed to establish a pecking order.
However after starting the season a horrid 8-12, the Thunder have now gone 14-5 since that point. Oklahoma City is currently in fifth in the Western Conference with a record of 22-17 on the season.
Los Angeles held tough for most of the contest, until the Clippers ran out of steam down the stretch.
DeAndre Jordan led the way for the hosts in defeat, as the 29-year old major trade piece went for a team 26 points while pulling down 17 rebounds and passing out an assist for a double-double for game.
Los Angeles had also been slowly creeping up the Western Conference standing, as the Clippers still hold the ninth seed in the West with a record of 17-20 on the year.
Oklahoma City will finish up the three game road trip in Arizona on Sunday, as the Thunder squares off with the young Phoenix Suns before heading home to await the arrival of the Portland Trail Blazers early in the week.
Meanwhile Los Angeles will host their rivals from the north, the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at the Staples Center.
The Thunder are 4999/1 to win the NBA Championship and the Warriors are priced at 10/19.
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