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Westbrook scores 30 as Thunder hold off Hornets

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) When Oklahoma City needed a defensive stop, the Thunder - led by Russell Westbrook - came up with two of them.

Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds - including two in the 11.2 seconds - and eight assists and the Thunder held off a late rally by Charlotte to win 109-104 on Friday night, completing a regular-season sweep of the Hornets.

Dennis Schroder, who was paired with Westbrook in the starting lineup for the first time this season, scored 23 points and Paul George added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of its last 14 games after an 0-4 start.

''Russell Westbrook did a great job putting pressure on the rim, getting fouls and heading to the free-throw line,'' Schroder said. ''I think on the defensive end, even if we didn't score, we locked up and got some stops. I think that was the key. . We missed shots down the stretch, but we always got some stops on the defensive end. That's what we try to focus on, to be a defense-first team.''

Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight assists for Charlotte, but the NBA's leader in made 3-pointers went 2 of 10 from behind the arc. With the Hornets down 105-104, he drove and passed to Marvin Williams, who missed a 3-point jumper from the corner. Westbrook rebounded and hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.

Walker ''made the right play,'' Charlotte coach James Borrego said. ''We had a great look to take the lead by two. We trust Marvin to shoot that shot. We got the look we wanted. I thought we executed it very well.''

Walker missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2.4 seconds left and Westbrook again rebounded and hit two free throws to seal the win for the Thunder.

''I thought we had some really good looks,'' Borrego said. ''Our last two threes were great looks for us. We had a wide-open one to take the lead and had another one to tie the game. We will continue to trust our guys, trust the three ball and move on.''

Charlotte rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to close within 93-92 on a put-back by Jeremy Lamb with 5:38 left and was within 97-95 after Walker hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 left. Westbrook answered with a three-point play and Oklahoma City pushed its lead to six points before Williams hit a 3-pointer with 37.1 seconds left to pull Charlotte within 105-104.

Westbrook threw ball away with 20.5 seconds left, giving the Hornets a chance to take the lead.

Lamb scored 18 points for Charlotte.

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Hornets: Reserve G Tony Parker missed the game with bruised ribs. Borrego said Parker was day-to-day . F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain . Frank Kaminsky recorded a season scoring high for the second straight game, finishing with 12 points after scoring 11 against Indiana on Wednesday . Williams' 10 points gave him 10,002 for his career . Lamb tied his career high for made free throws, going 8 for 8.

Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan said G Terrance Ferguson, who sprained his left ankle in a win Wednesday at Golden State, will be reevaluated in 10 to 12 days. The Thunder said Thursday rookie G Hamidou Diallo, who also sprained his left ankle during that game, would be reevaluated in seven to 10 days .. Two-way player Deonte Burton scored a career-high 11 points.

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In addition to the injuries to Ferguson and Diallo, the Thunder's usual starting shooting guard, Andre Roberson, still is working his way back from a torn left patellar tendon he suffered in January. Alex Abrines, who had missed the previous four games due to a viral illness, came off the bench for the Thunder but played only seven minutes.

With all of the injuries, depth was an issue for the Thunder's backcourt, which is one reason Donovan chose to start Westbrook and Schroder - who was coming off a 32-point outing against Golden State - together. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, usually a deep reserve, was the first player off the bench for the Thunder, and Burton played 21 minutes.

Even with substitutions patterns significantly different than they were used to, the Thunder didn't seemed flustered at all.

''We're still going to play the same way, regardless of who's in or who's out,'' George said. ''I think we've got a certain style that we've got to play at. It's just up-tempo, fast, and defensively we're just going to get after it. Regardless of who is in the lineup, we've got principle we stick to.''

UP NEXT:

Hornets: Wrap up a two-game road swing on Sunday at Atlanta.

Thunder: Continue a four-game homestand on Saturday against Denver.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
32.2 Min. Per Game 32.2
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
9.1 Ast. Per Game 9.1
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
46.4 Field Goal % 48.2
45.9 Three Point % 47.0
86.1 Free Throw % 64.2
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Devonte' Graham 0:02
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 0:02
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:09
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Cody Zeller 0:11
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 0:11
  Marvin Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
  Team rebound 0:20
Team Stats
Points 104 109
Field Goals 43-94 (45.7%) 41-93 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 6-31 (19.4%) 11-33 (33.3%)
Free Throws 12-14 (85.7%) 16-24 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 56 57
Offensive 11 11
Defensive 35 35
Team 10 11
Assists 24 24
Steals 8 6
Blocks 5 2
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 21 18
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 2 REB, 8 AST
30 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Hornets 9-9 31262324104
home team logo Thunder 12-6 33292720109
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 9-9 114.2 PPG 43.8 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Thunder 12-6 111.6 PPG 48.9 RPG 22.9 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG 25.8 PPG 4.4 RPG 6.2 APG 43.7 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 22.1 PPG 10.6 RPG 10.2 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 25 PTS 2 REB 8 AST
R. Westbrook PG 30 PTS 12 REB 8 AST
45.7 FG% 44.1
19.4 3PT FG% 33.3
85.7 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 38 25 2 8 2 1 6 2 10/23 2/10 3/4 1 1 40 -11
J. Lamb 35 18 5 2 2 1 2 2 5/15 0/4 8/8 0 5 28 -8
C. Zeller 26 10 4 5 0 1 1 5 5/9 0/0 0/0 2 2 24 -5
M. Williams 30 10 6 0 1 0 0 3 4/8 2/6 0/0 2 4 17 -6
N. Batum 31 9 9 4 0 0 2 1 4/7 1/4 0/0 1 8 24 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 38 25 2 8 2 1 6 2 10/23 2/10 3/4 1 1 40 -11
J. Lamb 35 18 5 2 2 1 2 2 5/15 0/4 8/8 0 5 28 -8
C. Zeller 26 10 4 5 0 1 1 5 5/9 0/0 0/0 2 2 24 -5
M. Williams 30 10 6 0 1 0 0 3 4/8 2/6 0/0 2 4 17 -6
N. Batum 31 9 9 4 0 0 2 1 4/7 1/4 0/0 1 8 24 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
F. Kaminsky 18 12 8 1 1 2 1 3 6/9 0/2 0/0 2 6 24 -1
D. Bacon 20 11 2 2 0 0 0 2 5/11 0/0 1/2 1 1 17 +1
D. Graham 19 5 3 2 1 0 1 2 2/6 1/5 0/0 0 3 12 +10
M. Bridges 19 4 7 0 1 0 0 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 2 5 12 +5
B. Biyombo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kidd-Gilchrist - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Chealey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Macura - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Hernangomez - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 104 46 24 8 5 13 21 43/94 6/31 12/14 11 35 198 -25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 34 30 12 8 2 0 4 3 10/18 1/4 9/11 0 12 56 +17
D. Schroder 31 23 5 1 0 0 3 1 9/19 4/8 1/1 1 4 27 +2
P. George 37 19 7 6 2 1 3 1 8/21 3/10 0/0 3 4 38 +13
S. Adams 37 13 8 4 1 1 1 3 5/11 0/0 3/7 5 3 30 +13
J. Grant 35 11 6 1 1 0 0 0 4/7 2/4 1/2 1 5 20 +10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 34 30 12 8 2 0 4 3 10/18 1/4 9/11 0 12 56 +17
D. Schroder 31 23 5 1 0 0 3 1 9/19 4/8 1/1 1 4 27 +2
P. George 37 19 7 6 2 1 3 1 8/21 3/10 0/0 3 4 38 +13
S. Adams 37 13 8 4 1 1 1 3 5/11 0/0 3/7 5 3 30 +13
J. Grant 35 11 6 1 1 0 0 0 4/7 2/4 1/2 1 5 20 +10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Noel 10 2 3 0 0 0 1 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 4 -8
P. Patterson 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 3 -5
A. Abrines 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 +1
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -10
R. Felton 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 1 3 -4
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Diallo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 213 109 46 24 6 2 14 18 41/93 11/33 16/24 11 35 180 +29