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Westbrook's 37 lead Thunder past 76ers for 8th straight win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers aren't even in the same conference, yet they played as though they were longtime rivals.

Russell Westbrook scored 37 points, Paul George added 31, and Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia 122-112 on Sunday night for its eighth straight victory.

The game was more intense than usual from the start, with a lot of extra trash talking and bumping. The teams combined for 51 fouls and 61 free throw attempts. It carried over from Oklahoma City's triple-overtime victory in Philadelphia in December.

''Leading into this game, after a little talk after game one, I think to this game, I kind of was looking forward to it,'' Westbrook said. ''But you know - Oklahoma City 2-0.''

Westbrook made just 6 of 20 shots in the first half, when he was knocked to the ground trying to take a charge as Joel Embiid threw down a vicious dunk over him. He was 8 of 13 in the second half and also had 14 assists and nine rebounds.

George shot 9 of 17 a day after being named the All-Star replacement for New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins. The Thunder are 7-0 when George scores at least 30 points and 11-4 when he scores at least 25.

Steven Adams added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder. He made 10 of 11 shots for the Thunder and grabbed 10 offensive rebounds.

Embiid had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Ben Simmons added 22 points for the 76ers.

It was a bittersweet day for the Thunder. The team announced Sunday that guard Andre Roberson is expected to miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a ruptured left patella tendon. Roberson, who was a second-team All-Defense selection last season, was injured when his knee buckled and he fell during the third quarter Saturday at Detroit.

''It's tough,'' Westbrook said. '''Dre is my boy. I love having him on the floor with me, and it's a tough situation for him. We are just going to continue to lift him up and pray for him, keep our spirits high for him and keep this thing rolling.''

George hit a 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer to trim Philadelphia's lead to 58-57.

A dunk by Simmons put the 76ers up 75-68 early in the third before the Thunder got things going. Oklahoma City went on a 12-0 run, and a reverse layup by Westbrook put the Thunder up 86-79 and forced the 76ers to call timeout. George closed out the surge with a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma City up 10.

The Thunder led 92-83 at the end of the third. Oklahoma City shot 60 percent from the field in the period and held Embiid to two points.

Philadelphia left its starters in to start the fourth, and they helped the 76ers take a 98-97 lead early in the quarter.

Oklahoma City pulled away late. Westbrook's 3-pointer with just under three minutes to play put the Thunder up seven, and he followed with a jumper to make it a nine-point game with two minutes left.

''We made runs, they made runs,'' Simmons said. ''But down the stretch, we didn't take care of the ball and execute.''

TIP-INS

76ers: Embiid picked up his third foul with 8:34 left in the second quarter and the 76ers up 37-36, but he played the rest of the half. ... Shot 50 percent from the field.

Thunder: F Patrick Patterson knocked heads with Embiid in the second quarter and left the game because of the blood rule. He returned later. ... Former University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer attended the game. ... Committed just 10 turnovers.

STAT LINES

George regained the league lead in steals per game. He trailed Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe heading into the night, but he had four steals to Bledsoe's two on Sunday. George now averages 2.21 while Bledsoe is at 2.195.

QUOTABLE

Adams, on being resilient without Roberson: ''I don't know. I wouldn't give too much credit to it because it's our job. It's what we have to do. But if you want to give us credit for it, we'll take it.''

UP NEXT

76ers: Travel to Milwaukee on Monday.

Thunder: Travel to Washington on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
R. Westbrook
0 PG
35.9 Min. Per Game 35.9
25.5 Pts. Per Game 25.5
10.0 Ast. Per Game 10.0
9.5 Reb. Per Game 9.5
49.2 Field Goal % 44.6
49.0 Three Point % 44.5
78.9 Free Throw % 70.6
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:02
+ 2 T.J. McConnell made reverse layup, assist by Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:26
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Personal foul on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:32
  Personal foul on Joel Embiid 0:40
  Team rebound 0:41
  Dario Saric missed 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 0:44
+ 2 Steven Adams made floating jump shot, assist by Russell Westbrook 0:48
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 1:06
  Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:10
Team Stats
Points 112 122
Field Goals 38-76 (50.0%) 45-92 (48.9%)
3-Pointers 11-29 (37.9%) 10-33 (30.3%)
Free Throws 25-31 (80.6%) 22-30 (73.3%)
Total Rebounds 44 54
Offensive 12 17
Defensive 28 24
Team 4 13
Assists 19 21
Steals 7 7
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 14 10
Fouls 26 25
Technicals 1 1
22 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
37 PTS, 9 REB, 14 AST
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away team logo 76ers 24-22 29292529112
home team logo Thunder 30-20 31263530122
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 24-22 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
home team logo Thunder 30-20 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 22.9 PPG 11.0 RPG 3.2 APG 48.3 FG%
R. Westbrook PG 25.4 PPG 10.1 RPG 10.3 APG 44.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 27 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
R. Westbrook PG 37 PTS 9 REB 14 AST
50.0 FG% 48.9
37.9 3PT FG% 30.3
80.6 FT% 73.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 27 10 2 0 2 4 4 10/16 3/4 4/5 3 7 39 +8
B. Simmons 39 22 4 7 1 1 1 1 10/14 0/0 2/6 1 3 41 -10
D. Saric 21 16 3 1 0 0 1 5 5/8 3/5 3/3 0 3 20 -2
R. Covington 36 11 3 1 1 0 3 3 3/11 3/9 2/2 0 3 14 0
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 32 6 3 5 0 1 2 4 2/10 2/6 0/0 1 2 18 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 27 10 2 0 2 4 4 10/16 3/4 4/5 3 7 39 +8
B. Simmons 39 22 4 7 1 1 1 1 10/14 0/0 2/6 1 3 41 -10
D. Saric 21 16 3 1 0 0 1 5 5/8 3/5 3/3 0 3 20 -2
R. Covington 36 11 3 1 1 0 3 3 3/11 3/9 2/2 0 3 14 0
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 32 6 3 5 0 1 2 4 2/10 2/6 0/0 1 2 18 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. McConnell 16 10 1 0 1 0 1 2 4/4 0/0 2/2 0 1 11 -17
J. Anderson 20 9 5 2 2 1 0 3 2/7 0/4 5/5 1 4 21 -12
T. Booker 17 6 8 0 0 0 1 1 1/3 0/1 4/4 3 5 13 -13
R. Holmes 6 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 0 8 +7
J. Young 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 0 2 +5
A. Johnson 11 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 0 1 -18
J. Redick - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 112 40 19 7 5 14 26 38/76 11/29 25/31 12 28 188 -50
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 40 37 9 14 2 0 1 3 14/33 1/6 8/11 2 7 75 +22
P. George 37 31 4 4 4 0 2 2 9/17 4/9 9/11 1 3 45 +15
S. Adams 32 20 13 2 0 0 3 3 10/11 0/0 0/0 10 3 34 +10
C. Anthony 31 16 2 1 0 1 1 4 6/16 3/9 1/2 0 2 20 +9
T. Ferguson 23 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 5 5 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Westbrook 40 37 9 14 2 0 1 3 14/33 1/6 8/11 2 7 75 +22
P. George 37 31 4 4 4 0 2 2 9/17 4/9 9/11 1 3 45 +15
S. Adams 32 20 13 2 0 0 3 3 10/11 0/0 0/0 10 3 34 +10
C. Anthony 31 16 2 1 0 1 1 4 6/16 3/9 1/2 0 2 20 +9
T. Ferguson 23 0 5 0 0 0 0 4 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 5 5 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 22 11 2 0 0 0 0 1 3/7 1/3 4/6 1 1 13 +7
R. Felton 13 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 2/6 1/5 0/0 0 0 3 -9
J. Huestis 18 2 3 0 0 2 1 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 1 6 +5
P. Patterson 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +3
A. Abrines 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
D. Johnson 5 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 3 -1
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 122 41 21 7 3 10 25 45/92 10/33 22/30 17 24 205 +50