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Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past depleted Spurs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It was an ugly win against a short-handed opponent, but the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder are in no position to worry about such details.

Russell Westbrook posted his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Thunder defeat the San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night.

Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who won their second straight after dropping five of their previous six.

''A win is always great in this league,'' Westbrook said. ''You don't take anything for granted.''

Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had only eight points on 2-for-17 shooting. But the Thunder held the Spurs to 40.8 percent shooting.

''We just missed some shots,'' Westbrook said. ''We overshot some that we usually make. As long as we defended - we can't score, they can't either.''

Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a 3-pointer and the Thunder rebounded.

Spurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was ''dinged-up.'' The Spurs are still waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard's right quadriceps to heal.

The injury news got worse on Sunday. San Antonio's Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return.

Popovich liked the way his team competed.

''I'm really proud of them,'' he said. ''I thought they did a great job tonight. Defense in the second half was very good. Had a lot of guys participate and a lot of guys get a lot of minutes. They did very, very well.''

Jerami Grant's 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Thunder a 54-43 advantage. Adams had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Oklahoma City led even though George went scoreless and Carmelo Anthony managed just three points.

San Antonio rallied in the third quarter and cut Oklahoma City's lead to 76-73 at the end of the period.

Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to George for a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder an 87-79 lead. George had made just one of 14 shots before connecting with 4:13 remaining.

''I thought we did well all game defensively,'' he said. ''It was a low-scoring night in today's NBA. We are happy with that. We missed a lot of opportunities at the rim, missed a lot of open 3s. But sometimes you have to win games like this.''

TIP-INS

Spurs: Popovich said reserve forward Rudy Gay was ''dinged-up,'' so he did not play. ... Paul made his first NBA start and was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. ... G Manu Ginobili did not play. The veteran had played in all but three games this season as a reserve.

Thunder: G Alex Abrines, who is healthy but did not play the previous two games, scored five points in 15:22. ... Westbrook had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first quarter. ... Westbrook shot 2 of 6 on free throws.

STAT LINES

Adams followed his 27-point game against Minnesota on 11-for-11 shooting by scoring 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He entered the game ranked fourth in the NBA in field goal percentage at 64.1 percent.

''He's been great all year,'' Westbrook said. ''He's done a good job of just rolling down the paint and using his size.''

CLOSE CALLS

Oklahoma City has won its past two games by a combined seven points. Before that, the Thunder had not won a game decided by fewer than nine points.

''There is a lot more trust being built,'' George said. ''We have been in the battles, and we have been on the losing end. Certain stuff is not working, and you tinker stuff and work on stuff and figure out ways to win.''

UP NEXT

Spurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Thunder: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

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Key Players
P. Gasol
16 C
R. Westbrook
0 G
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
22.0 Pts. Per Game 22.0
9.7 Ast. Per Game 9.7
9.1 Reb. Per Game 9.1
48.2 Field Goal % 40.0
48.4 Three Point % 40.2
79.7 Free Throw % 70.5
  Defensive rebound by Raymond Felton 0:03
  Brandon Paul missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:05
  Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Dejounte Murray 0:09
  Team rebound 0:13
  Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
  Personal foul on Andre Roberson 0:25
  Defensive rebound by Dejounte Murray 0:33
  Russell Westbrook missed jump shot 0:36
  Defensive rebound by Paul George 0:50
  Bryn Forbes missed driving layup 0:52
  Traveling violation turnover on Paul George 1:05
Team Stats
Points 87 90
Field Goals 31-76 (40.8%) 37-87 (42.5%)
3-Pointers 8-28 (28.6%) 6-22 (27.3%)
Free Throws 17-23 (73.9%) 10-21 (47.6%)
Total Rebounds 50 62
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 31 32
Team 11 15
Assists 14 21
Steals 11 8
Blocks 10 2
Turnovers 17 20
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 2 1
17 PTS, 11 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Spurs 15-8 1825301487
home team logo Thunder 10-12 2529221490
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 15-8 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Thunder 10-12 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
D. Murray G 8.1 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.9 APG 44.3 FG%
R. Westbrook G 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Murray G 17 PTS 11 REB 5 AST
R. Westbrook G 22 PTS 10 REB 10 AST
40.8 FG% 42.5
28.6 3PT FG% 27.3
73.9 FT% 47.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Murray 39 17 11 5 3 1 5 5 7/15 0/1 3/5 3 8 37 -1
B. Paul 33 8 6 2 1 1 1 4 2/8 0/3 4/4 0 6 19 -12
D. Green 17 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 2/6 1/5 1/1 0 1 7 -8
K. Anderson 22 5 3 4 2 0 3 2 2/4 0/0 1/2 0 3 15 +4
P. Gasol 16 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 1 2 9 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Murray 39 17 11 5 3 1 5 5 7/15 0/1 3/5 3 8 37 -1
B. Paul 33 8 6 2 1 1 1 4 2/8 0/3 4/4 0 6 19 -12
D. Green 17 6 1 0 0 1 1 0 2/6 1/5 1/1 0 1 7 -8
K. Anderson 22 5 3 4 2 0 3 2 2/4 0/0 1/2 0 3 15 +4
P. Gasol 16 5 3 1 0 1 2 0 2/6 0/1 1/2 1 2 9 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Bertans 29 16 4 0 0 5 1 3 6/12 4/9 0/0 0 4 24 +2
J. Lauvergne 22 12 6 0 2 0 2 6 5/8 0/0 2/2 4 2 18 -6
P. Mills 9 9 2 0 0 0 1 1 2/3 2/3 3/3 0 2 10 -5
B. Forbes 32 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 2/11 1/6 0/2 0 1 9 +7
D. White 17 4 2 1 2 1 1 3 1/3 0/0 2/2 0 2 10 +14
L. Aldridge - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Ginobili - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 87 39 14 11 10 17 24 31/76 8/28 17/23 8 31 158 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 38 22 10 10 1 0 7 2 9/22 2/2 2/6 3 7 46 +8
S. Adams 33 19 10 1 3 1 2 1 8/13 0/0 3/6 4 6 33 +13
C. Anthony 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 3 4/10 1/5 0/0 1 5 20 +1
P. George 33 8 8 4 0 1 6 4 2/17 1/5 3/4 2 6 19 +2
A. Roberson 34 8 2 1 2 0 1 5 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 13 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 38 22 10 10 1 0 7 2 9/22 2/2 2/6 3 7 46 +8
S. Adams 33 19 10 1 3 1 2 1 8/13 0/0 3/6 4 6 33 +13
C. Anthony 30 9 6 3 0 0 1 3 4/10 1/5 0/0 1 5 20 +1
P. George 33 8 8 4 0 1 6 4 2/17 1/5 3/4 2 6 19 +2
A. Roberson 34 8 2 1 2 0 1 5 4/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 13 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 21 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 3/5 1/1 2/2 3 3 15 0
R. Felton 16 8 1 0 1 0 1 1 4/6 0/1 0/0 0 1 9 0
A. Abrines 15 5 2 1 1 0 1 2 2/5 1/4 0/1 1 1 9 +3
J. Huestis 7 2 2 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/1 0/2 1 1 5 -4
P. Patterson 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 0 0 -7
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 90 47 21 8 2 20 19 37/87 6/22 10/21 15 32 169 +15