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Westbrook's season-high 46 lead Thunder past Wizards 121-112

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony couldn't find their shooting rhythm, so Russell Westbrook went into attack mode and overwhelmed the Wizards.

Westbrook scored a season-high 46 points, and Oklahoma City beat Washington 121-112 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.

''I just read the game honestly and if it's time for me to take over, then that's what I do,'' Westbrook said.

George scored 18 points on 6-for-19 shooting and Anthony added 13 on 4-for-11 shooting. Westbrook filled in the gap by making 19 of 29 field goals in one of his most efficient shooting performances of the season.

''We need him to be that way,'' Oklahoma City reserve point guard Raymond Felton said. ''Some nights he can score 46, some nights he can score 20. Whatever it is, we still need him to be aggressive the way he was tonight.''

Steven Adams added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has won 20 of 28 after an 8-12 start.

Anthony is still getting used to his team winning when he has off nights.

''I've got to remind myself that I am on the team with somebody else, and they do some of the things that you are capable of doing that you have been doing your whole career,'' he said. ''But for me to be on the same side as that - I don't have to go after it every night. I just take what the other team is giving us. It's a beauty to watch when it's working and when it's clicking, especially now when we are winning games.''

Bradley Beal scored 41 points, John Wall had 21 and Markieff Morris added 20 for the Wizards, who committed 23 turnovers.

The Thunder took a 54-40 lead into halftime, but Washington tied the score at 68 before the Thunder rallied. Felton hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Thunder up 10, and Oklahoma City led 82-74 at the end of the period.

A powerful right-handed jam by Westbrook gave the Thunder a 92-85 lead in the fourth, and a steal by George led to a dunk by Westbrook that put Oklahoma City up 99-89 with just under seven minutes to play. Westbrook punctuated his performance with a two-handed breakaway jam with about a minute remaining.

''We came back,'' Beal said. ''I don't think the deficit was too bad. It was just those offensive rebounds and those turnovers down the stretch.

''We clawed back into the game, we were moving the ball in transition efficiently, getting rebounds, and all of a sudden, that kind of died down and stopped. When that happens, the game totally flipped in their favor and the momentum changed.''

TIP-INS

Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks spent seven years as Thunder coach. ... Went more than four minutes without scoring to start the game. ... C Ian Mahinmi committed three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter and finished with four fouls in 11 minutes.

Thunder: George drained a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer but was called for a technical foul on the play. ... Westbrook will be on the Team LeBron All-Star squad along with former Thunder player Kevin Durant.

JOKE'S ON WESTBROOK

Anthony had Westbrook, whose name appeared last, convinced the list of All-Stars was in order of selection. After Westbrook learned that the list was alphabetical, he responded to his teammate.

''See, I told you man, it's in alphabetical order man,'' he told Anthony. ''Of course I was first.''

STAT LINES

Westbrook is averaging just 2.5 3-point attempts during Oklahoma City's win streak. He averaged 4.6 per game before that.

''Yeah, trying to keep attacking the basket and find ways to get in the paint and make plays happen,'' he said.

QUOTABLE

Beal on whether Adams, who was issued a technical foul for kicking him in the groin in the third quarter, did it intentionally: ''I don't know if it was or not, all I know is I got kicked where I shouldn't have.''

UP NEXT

Wizards: at Atlanta on Sunday.

Thunder: at Detroit on Sunday.

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Key Players
B. Beal
3 SG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
35.9 Min. Per Game 35.9
24.9 Pts. Per Game 24.9
10.0 Ast. Per Game 10.0
9.6 Reb. Per Game 9.6
46.2 Field Goal % 44.4
46.0 Three Point % 43.8
78.0 Free Throw % 70.8
+ 3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
+ 3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Terrance Ferguson 0:28
  Paul George missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:34
+ 3 John Wall made 3-pt. jump shot 0:53
+ 2 Russell Westbrook made dunk 1:02
  Bad pass turnover on Kelly Oubre, stolen by Steven Adams 1:03
  Team rebound 1:06
  Bradley Beal missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:09
+ 2 Carmelo Anthony made dunk, assist by Russell Westbrook 1:16
  Out of bounds turnover on Bradley Beal 1:35
Team Stats
Points 112 121
Field Goals 42-86 (48.8%) 45-87 (51.7%)
3-Pointers 16-35 (45.7%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 22-29 (75.9%)
Total Rebounds 47 50
Offensive 12 13
Defensive 27 27
Team 8 10
Assists 25 18
Steals 10 16
Blocks 2 6
Turnovers 23 14
Fouls 25 15
Technicals 0 2
41 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST
46 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Wizards 26-22 20203438112
home team logo Thunder 28-20 25292839121
Team Stats
away team logo Wizards 26-22 107.2 PPG 40 RPG 23.3 APG
home team logo Thunder 28-20 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
B. Beal SG 22.6 PPG 4.4 RPG 4.5 APG 46.0 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beal SG 41 PTS 12 REB 7 AST
R. Westbrook PG 46 PTS 6 REB 6 AST
48.8 FG% 51.7
45.7 3PT FG% 33.3
75.0 FT% 75.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 45 41 12 7 2 0 5 2 15/26 6/11 5/7 3 9 64 -2
J. Wall 35 21 1 12 2 1 5 2 7/16 5/10 2/2 0 1 44 +1
M. Morris 37 20 9 0 2 1 3 4 7/12 2/3 4/5 1 8 29 +2
O. Porter 36 11 6 2 3 0 1 2 4/11 2/6 1/2 4 2 23 0
M. Gortat 20 4 1 1 0 0 3 5 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Beal 45 41 12 7 2 0 5 2 15/26 6/11 5/7 3 9 64 -2
J. Wall 35 21 1 12 2 1 5 2 7/16 5/10 2/2 0 1 44 +1
M. Morris 37 20 9 0 2 1 3 4 7/12 2/3 4/5 1 8 29 +2
O. Porter 36 11 6 2 3 0 1 2 4/11 2/6 1/2 4 2 23 0
M. Gortat 20 4 1 1 0 0 3 5 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Oubre 24 9 3 0 1 0 1 3 4/9 1/5 0/0 1 2 12 -19
I. Mahinmi 10 4 3 2 0 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 0 10 -2
T. Satoransky 12 2 0 1 0 0 2 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -10
J. Smith 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 -7
M. Scott 13 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 2 1 -11
J. Meeks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. McCullough - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mac - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 112 39 25 10 2 23 25 42/86 16/35 12/16 12 27 190 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 36 46 6 6 2 0 6 3 19/29 1/3 7/10 0 6 60 0
P. George 37 18 2 4 4 0 4 1 6/19 2/9 4/4 0 2 28 +1
C. Anthony 33 13 8 1 1 0 1 0 4/11 1/3 4/4 1 7 23 -3
S. Adams 35 12 10 0 3 0 1 3 5/7 0/0 2/3 7 3 24 +2
A. Roberson 23 3 2 2 4 1 0 4 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 1 14 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 36 46 6 6 2 0 6 3 19/29 1/3 7/10 0 6 60 0
P. George 37 18 2 4 4 0 4 1 6/19 2/9 4/4 0 2 28 +1
C. Anthony 33 13 8 1 1 0 1 0 4/11 1/3 4/4 1 7 23 -3
S. Adams 35 12 10 0 3 0 1 3 5/7 0/0 2/3 7 3 24 +2
A. Roberson 23 3 2 2 4 1 0 4 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 1 14 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Ferguson 24 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 4/8 3/6 0/0 2 0 13 +15
J. Grant 13 10 2 1 0 2 0 0 3/4 0/1 4/6 0 2 16 +6
R. Felton 13 6 3 3 0 0 2 2 2/4 2/3 0/0 2 1 13 +8
P. Patterson 13 2 5 1 1 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 12 +13
J. Huestis 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 2 +9
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 121 40 18 16 6 14 15 45/87 9/27 22/29 13 27 205 +45