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Howard's 23 points lead Hornets past Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Charlotte Hornets finally won a road game. In a tough spot, too.

Dwight Howard scored 23 points to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 116-103 on Monday night. It was Charlotte's first victory on the road since Oct. 30 at Memphis.

''There are two ways you can go when you have a slow start,'' Howard said. ''You can either look down upon yourself and say, `I can't do it, it's too hard,' or you can look in the mirror and say `I want to get out of this.' That's how we are feeling. Together we can do something good.''

Kemba Walker had 19 points for the Hornets, who had lost seven of eight. Marvin Williams scored 18, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 17 points.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points and seven assists, and Paul George scored 20 points for the Thunder after missing the previous two games with a right calf contusion.

Charlotte shot 53 percent from the field against one of the league's best defensive teams. The Hornets made 13 of 25 3-point attempts while improving to 2-10 on the road.

''We played together, we moved the ball, our defensive intensity was great and when we needed a big play, they came up with the big plays,'' interim coach Stephen Silas said.

The game was tied at 66 in the third quarter when Charlotte went on a run and never relinquished momentum. A 3-pointer by Williams made it 74-66, leading to a Thunder timeout.

Charlotte kept right on rolling. A 3-pointer by Frank Kaminsky put the Hornets up 86-68, and a layup by Kidd-Gilchrist made it a 20-point game. The Hornets made 7 of 10 3-pointers in the quarter to go up 92-74 at the end of the period.

Oklahoma City cut the deficit to 11 on a dunk by Westbrook, but the Hornets quickly regained control for good.

''We just gave them little bonehead plays,'' Westbrook said. ''Three-point, four-point plays. I think they had a 40-point quarter. We can't afford to do that.''

TIP-INS

Hornets: G Nicolas Batum sat out with a sore left elbow. ... G Jeremy Lamb, who started his career with the Thunder in 2012, started for the Hornets. He finished with 14 points and five rebounds on 6-of-17 shooting. ... The Hornets outrebounded the Thunder 41-39.

Thunder: Defensive stopper Andre Roberson sat out with a left ankle sprain. ... Carmelo Anthony scored 11 points. He passed Vince Carter and moved into 22nd place in NBA history with 24,605 points. ... Anthony was issued a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining too much to official Tony Brothers.

STAT LINES

The Thunder, who entered the night 29th out of 30 teams in free-throw percentage, made 24 of 25 at the line.

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''We're not a team like them where they have a bunch of stars and you have guys who can just go win games for you,'' Silas said. ''We have to do it as a group. Most of it, for us, is on the defensive end. We did that tonight, and hopefully, that'll carry on.''

UP NEXT

Hornets: Visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

Thunder: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. It will be George's first game back in Indiana since he was traded for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in July.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
22.8 Pts. Per Game 22.8
9.9 Ast. Per Game 9.9
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
43.5 Field Goal % 39.6
43.7 Three Point % 39.4
87.3 Free Throw % 72.8
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:02
+ 2 Terrance Ferguson made jump shot, assist by Raymond Felton 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Singler 0:33
  Kemba Walker missed jump shot 0:36
  Personal foul on Russell Westbrook 0:49
  Bad pass turnover on Russell Westbrook, stolen by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 0:54
+ 2 Dwight Howard made floating jump shot 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Williams 1:25
  Jerami Grant missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:29
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 1:37
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made driving layup 2:03
Team Stats
Points 116 103
Field Goals 43-81 (53.1%) 35-85 (41.2%)
3-Pointers 13-25 (52.0%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 17-24 (70.8%) 24-25 (96.0%)
Total Rebounds 50 46
Offensive 9 11
Defensive 32 28
Team 9 7
Assists 22 16
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 20 19
Technicals 0 1
19 PTS, 3 REB, 9 AST
30 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Hornets 10-16 34184024116
home team logo Thunder 12-14 26262229103
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 10-16 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 12-14 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Howard C 23 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
R. Westbrook PG 30 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
53.1 FG% 41.2
52.0 3PT FG% 34.6
70.8 FT% 96.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 30 23 7 1 0 2 1 4 9/13 0/0 5/7 2 5 33 +10
K. Walker 38 19 3 9 0 0 4 0 6/13 3/5 4/4 0 3 36 +19
M. Williams 31 18 7 2 0 0 1 1 5/8 4/5 4/5 2 5 28 +6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 34 17 4 4 4 1 0 2 8/9 0/0 1/3 1 3 34 +17
J. Lamb 33 14 5 0 0 0 2 3 6/17 2/7 0/0 2 3 17 +22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 30 23 7 1 0 2 1 4 9/13 0/0 5/7 2 5 33 +10
K. Walker 38 19 3 9 0 0 4 0 6/13 3/5 4/4 0 3 36 +19
M. Williams 31 18 7 2 0 0 1 1 5/8 4/5 4/5 2 5 28 +6
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 34 17 4 4 4 1 0 2 8/9 0/0 1/3 1 3 34 +17
J. Lamb 33 14 5 0 0 0 2 3 6/17 2/7 0/0 2 3 17 +22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Graham 20 12 2 1 0 0 1 3 4/5 3/3 1/1 1 1 15 +1
F. Kaminsky 17 8 5 3 2 1 0 2 3/8 1/3 1/2 0 5 22 +3
D. Bacon 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 0
M. Monk 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 -6
M. Carter-Williams 14 1 6 2 2 0 4 3 0/1 0/0 1/2 1 5 9 -4
J. O'Bryant 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -3
N. Batum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 116 41 22 8 4 13 20 43/81 13/25 17/24 9 32 200 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 36 30 4 7 3 0 2 3 10/22 1/2 9/9 1 3 49 -12
P. George 33 20 5 1 1 0 4 3 7/14 2/4 4/4 1 4 24 -5
A. Abrines 26 12 0 0 0 0 1 4 2/9 2/7 6/6 0 0 11 -22
S. Adams 28 11 10 2 0 1 0 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 5 5 26 -15
C. Anthony 34 11 2 2 0 1 3 1 5/12 1/3 0/0 0 2 15 -21
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 36 30 4 7 3 0 2 3 10/22 1/2 9/9 1 3 49 -12
P. George 33 20 5 1 1 0 4 3 7/14 2/4 4/4 1 4 24 -5
A. Abrines 26 12 0 0 0 0 1 4 2/9 2/7 6/6 0 0 11 -22
S. Adams 28 11 10 2 0 1 0 3 5/6 0/0 1/2 5 5 26 -15
C. Anthony 34 11 2 2 0 1 3 1 5/12 1/3 0/0 0 2 15 -21
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Patterson 13 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 1/3 1/2 2/2 0 4 10 +6
J. Huestis 13 5 3 0 0 0 2 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 1 2 6 +3
T. Ferguson 12 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 0 5 +8
R. Felton 18 3 1 4 0 0 2 3 1/10 1/4 0/0 0 1 10 0
J. Grant 19 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 0/3 0/1 2/2 2 5 8 -8
K. Singler 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +2
D. Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +2
N. Collison 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 -3
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 103 39 16 5 2 15 19 35/85 9/26 24/25 11 28 166 -65