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Short-handed Nets beat Thunder 100-95 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) Playing short-handed because of injuries and a trade, the Brooklyn Nets found a way to hold off Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was a nice little start to their stay in Mexico.

Caris Levert scored 21 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 17 and Brooklyn overcame another strong performance by Westbrook to beat Oklahoma City 100-95 on Thursday night in the first of the Nets' two games in Mexico City.

Westbrook had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Nets played without guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell because of injuries. They also traded power forward Trevor Booker to Philadelphia before the game.

''Sometimes when you have injuries you discover new things and that*s what*s happening to us,'' said Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson, who praised his team for playing hard after the trade. ''I spoke to everybody individually, I felt it was important, we told them why we made the trade and why it*s good for the future and they understood.''

Allen Crabbe had 15 points for Brooklyn, which won for the third time in four games. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Saturday at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

The Thunder had won three in a row.

''For most of the first half we played good but we did not come out great in the second half,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''I think the difference was that they went downhill into the basket and we weren*t able to go downfield enough.''

Donovan said Mexico City*s altitude did not play a role in the team*s fourth-quarter performance, when it managed just 16 points.

Steven Adams scored 12 points for the Thunder, and Carmelo Anthony had 11 on 5-for-20 shooting. Oklahoma City played without Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion).

Westbrook made a foul shot to give Oklahoma City an 85-84 lead with 7:38 left. But Crabbe, Hollis-Jefferson and Spencer Dinwiddie each made a 3-pointer to help Brooklyn grab a 93-85 advantage with 5:38 left. LeVert added four foul shots in the final 19 seconds.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Shot 38.8 percent (38 for 98) from the field and 12 for 24 at the free-throw line.

Nets: Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller each scored 11 points. ... The Nets will play in three countries in the first half of December. They split two games against Atlanta before their trip to Mexico City. They visit Toronto on Dec. 15.

GETTING BETTER

Brooklyn improved to 10-14. The Nets didn't get their 10th win last season until March 1.

''I feel that every game we are getting more comfortable within the roster,'' Atkinson said. ''We are in a good place a little over a year into this.''

UP NEXT

Nets: Play against Miami on Saturday at Mexico City.

Thunder: Host Memphis on Saturday.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
D. Carroll
9 SF
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
13.9 Pts. Per Game 13.9
1.8 Ast. Per Game 1.8
7.0 Reb. Per Game 7.0
40.3 Field Goal % 41.6
40.4 Three Point % 41.3
71.9 Free Throw % 73.9
+ 2 Steven Adams made dunk 0:00
  Offensive rebound by Steven Adams 0:02
  Steven Adams missed dunk 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Steven Adams 0:01
  Alex Abrines missed fade-away jump shot 0:03
+ 1 Caris LeVert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
+ 1 Caris LeVert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Personal foul on Alex Abrines 0:09
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 0:13
+ 1 Caris LeVert made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:18
+ 1 Caris LeVert made 1st of 2 free throws 0:18
Team Stats
Points 95 100
Field Goals 38-98 (38.8%) 35-80 (43.8%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 11-37 (29.7%)
Free Throws 12-24 (50.0%) 19-30 (63.3%)
Total Rebounds 67 61
Offensive 17 7
Defensive 37 42
Team 13 12
Assists 18 24
Steals 6 3
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 25 21
Technicals 1 1
away team logo
R. Westbrook PG 0
31 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST
home team logo
C. LeVert SG 22
21 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Thunder 11-13 3325211695
home team logo Nets 10-1420292526100
Team Stats
away team logoThunder 11-13 101.7 PPG 43.7 RPG 20.8 APG
home team logoNets 10-14 108.3 PPG 45.9 RPG 22.7 APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 22.6 PPG 9.4 RPG 9.9 APG 38.9 FG%
C. LeVert SG 11.3 PPG 3.6 RPG 3.8 APG 42.5 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 31 PTS 8 REB 6 AST
C. LeVert SG 21 PTS 5 REB 10 AST
38.8 FG% 43.8
29.2 3PT FG% 29.7
50.0 FT% 63.3
Thunder
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 31 8 6 0 0 3 4 10/27 2/6 9/12 0 8 48 -9
S. Adams 30 12 14 0 1 0 4 3 6/13 0/0 0/3 9 5 23 -13
C. Anthony 36 11 11 3 0 0 1 3 5/20 0/4 1/5 2 9 27 +3
A. Roberson 32 7 8 2 1 2 1 2 3/5 0/1 1/1 3 5 21 -11
A. Abrines 25 5 2 2 1 1 0 4 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 1 13 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 35 31 8 6 0 0 3 4 10/27 2/6 9/12 0 8 48 -9
S. Adams 30 12 14 0 1 0 4 3 6/13 0/0 0/3 9 5 23 -13
C. Anthony 36 11 11 3 0 0 1 3 5/20 0/4 1/5 2 9 27 +3
A. Roberson 32 7 8 2 1 2 1 2 3/5 0/1 1/1 3 5 21 -11
A. Abrines 25 5 2 2 1 1 0 4 2/8 1/3 0/0 1 1 13 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Singler 22 9 3 0 0 0 0 3 3/9 2/4 1/3 0 3 12 +2
R. Felton 14 9 3 3 0 0 0 2 4/8 1/3 0/0 0 3 18 +4
P. Patterson 19 7 2 1 2 0 1 2 3/3 1/1 0/0 0 2 12 +2
T. Ferguson 14 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 +1
N. Collison 7 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 1 6 +4
P. George - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huestis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 95 54 18 6 3 12 25 38/98 7/24 12/24 17 37 182 -25
Nets
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 17 4 3 1 1 1 1 7/15 1/2 2/5 1 3 28 +16
A. Crabbe 31 15 6 1 0 0 4 2 5/12 4/9 1/2 0 6 19 +21
T. Zeller 20 11 8 0 0 1 1 3 4/6 0/1 3/4 1 7 19 +8
D. Carroll 31 7 9 2 0 1 3 1 3/11 0/5 1/3 1 8 18 -7
S. Dinwiddie 19 5 4 7 0 0 1 5 2/6 1/4 0/1 0 4 22 +7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 34 17 4 3 1 1 1 1 7/15 1/2 2/5 1 3 28 +16
A. Crabbe 31 15 6 1 0 0 4 2 5/12 4/9 1/2 0 6 19 +21
T. Zeller 20 11 8 0 0 1 1 3 4/6 0/1 3/4 1 7 19 +8
D. Carroll 31 7 9 2 0 1 3 1 3/11 0/5 1/3 1 8 18 -7
S. Dinwiddie 19 5 4 7 0 0 1 5 2/6 1/4 0/1 0 4 22 +7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. LeVert 30 21 5 10 2 2 0 4 6/10 1/4 8/9 0 5 50 0
Q. Acy 19 11 2 0 0 0 2 1 3/7 3/6 2/2 1 1 11 -10
J. Harris 26 7 5 1 0 0 1 3 2/8 1/5 2/4 1 4 13 -5
J. Allen 17 4 3 0 0 2 0 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2 9 -9
T. Mozgov 7 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 5 +4
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kilpatrick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 100 49 24 3 7 13 21 35/80 11/37 19/30 7 42 194 +25