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Westbrook gets triple-double, Thunder beat Pelicans 109-104

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Russell Westbrook got better as the game went along and ended up where he so often does - with a triple-double.

Westbrook had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder over the New Orleans Pelicans 109-104 on Sunday night.

Westbrook didn't score in the first quarter but got his game together eventually. He had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in the fourth quarter.

Paul George scored Oklahoma City's first 11 points of the second quarter and finished with 27. Carmelo Anthony added and Steven Adams had 14.

''We got great contributions from everybody,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, ''and we needed great contributions from everybody.''

The Pelicans got within 104-99 with 1:57 left, but Westbrook scored on a layup, and after a basket by Anthony Davis, George made a 3-pointer.

Davis led the Pelicans with 25 points and 11 rebounds, but took just two shots and scored seven points in the fourth quarter.

''You can't guard him 1-on-1,'' Westbrook said of Davis. ''He's the second-leading scorer in the league and you have to do a good job of getting hands to bodies and making sure he's shooting over our whole team.''

Ian Clark scored 16 points and E'Twaun Moore had 15.

Both teams entered on three-game losing streaks that had weakened their playoff positions in the Western Conference.

The Thunder are in fifth place, a half-game ahead of Utah and one game ahead of Minnesota. New Orleans is in eight, ahead of Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers.

''We've got to make sure we just go out there and just play,'' Davis said. ''I don't want to say we are playing tight, but we are doing stuff that we normally don't do. We have got to get back to how we were playing.''

Oklahoma City has four games left and New Orleans has five.

The Thunder led by three points at halftime and by 10 during the third quarter before Clark and Darius Miller each made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 80-75 after three quarters.

Jerami Grant and Westbrook scored six points each as the Thunder took a 96-85 lead with 5:42 left. Grant finished with 12 points.

''Offensively we have to get our mojo back,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''We are having too many possessions right now where it's no-pass, one-pass. We have always been a team that has been in the upper echelon of the league as far as passes per game, passes per possession, and I think we have to get back to that.''

The first half featured hot and cold stretches for each team.

The Pelicans used a 16-0 run as the Thunder went scoreless for more than six minutes to build a 28-20 lead after one quarter.

After George got the Thunder going in the second, Westbrook scored six points down the stretch for a 53-50 halftime lead.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Oklahoma City scored 18 points on 21 New Orleans turnovers, the Pelicans' most since Dec. 13. ... The Thunder got their first victory against the Pelicans this season, who won the first two meetings and the season series. ... Anthony was called for three fouls in the first 6 1/2 minutes and went to the bench. While on the bench he was called for a technical foul. ... The Thunder were just 9 of 31 on 3-pointers after making a franchise-record 20 3-pointers in a 126-125 overtime loss to Denver on Friday.

Pelicans: Davis had scored at least 30 points in six of his last seven games against the Thunder and at least 36 in each of his last three games against them. ... He had his second straight subpar game after having just 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting in a 107-102 loss at Cleveland on Friday.

CHEEKS HALL BOUND

Oklahoma City assistant coach Maurice Cheeks was selected Saturday as part of the 2018 class for induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame. The former Sixers guard and Blazers head coach is in his third season on Billy Donovan's staff. ''To think about all the names of who's in the Hall of Fame and to think that my name is up there with those guys. It's an unbelievable, unreal feeling,'' Cheeks said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Oklahoma City hosts Golden State on Tuesday.

Pelicans: New Orleans hosts Memphis on Wednesday.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
A. Davis
23 PF
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
28.1 Pts. Per Game 28.1
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
11.1 Reb. Per Game 11.1
45.0 Field Goal % 53.5
44.9 Three Point % 53.6
73.3 Free Throw % 83.5
  Defensive rebound by Carmelo Anthony 0:02
  Darius Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:02
  Offensive rebound by Corey Brewer 0:05
  Bad pass turnover on Corey Brewer, stolen by Jrue Holiday 0:05
  Steven Adams missed dunk 0:08
  Offensive rebound by Steven Adams 0:08
  Carmelo Anthony missed jump shot 0:15
  Defensive rebound by Russell Westbrook 0:35
  E'Twaun Moore missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:39
  Defensive rebound by Ian Clark 0:45
  Russell Westbrook missed jump shot 0:48
Team Stats
Points 109 104
Field Goals 41-95 (43.2%) 38-83 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 9-31 (29.0%) 11-32 (34.4%)
Free Throws 18-25 (72.0%) 17-23 (73.9%)
Total Rebounds 61 51
Offensive 14 7
Defensive 37 37
Team 10 7
Assists 24 28
Steals 13 13
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 18 21
Fouls 22 20
Technicals 1 1
26 PTS, 15 REB, 13 AST
25 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
1234T
away team logo Thunder 45-33 20332729109
home team logo Pelicans 43-34 28222529104
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 45-33 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
home team logo Pelicans 43-34 110.0 PPG 45.6 RPG 26.9 APG
Key Players
P. George SF 21.9 PPG 5.7 RPG 3.3 APG 43.0 FG%
A. Davis PF 28.1 PPG 11.1 RPG 2.3 APG 53.4 FG%
Top Scorers
P. George SF 27 PTS 8 REB 2 AST
A. Davis PF 25 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
43.2 FG% 45.8
29.0 3PT FG% 34.4
72.0 FT% 73.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 27 8 2 3 0 1 3 9/24 3/11 6/6 1 7 41 -11
R. Westbrook 36 26 15 13 2 0 7 5 9/17 0/1 8/11 1 14 62 +15
C. Anthony 28 16 6 1 0 0 3 4 6/16 4/8 0/2 1 5 21 +3
S. Adams 36 14 10 1 0 1 6 2 6/9 0/0 2/4 7 3 21 -3
C. Brewer 28 4 5 1 3 0 1 2 2/8 0/2 0/0 3 2 13 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 36 27 8 2 3 0 1 3 9/24 3/11 6/6 1 7 41 -11
R. Westbrook 36 26 15 13 2 0 7 5 9/17 0/1 8/11 1 14 62 +15
C. Anthony 28 16 6 1 0 0 3 4 6/16 4/8 0/2 1 5 21 +3
S. Adams 36 14 10 1 0 1 6 2 6/9 0/0 2/4 7 3 21 -3
C. Brewer 28 4 5 1 3 0 1 2 2/8 0/2 0/0 3 2 13 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 17 12 1 0 1 2 0 1 5/5 0/0 2/2 1 0 16 +2
R. Felton 19 4 3 5 2 0 0 2 2/10 0/3 0/0 0 3 19 -2
P. Patterson 14 3 2 1 2 1 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 2 10 +8
A. Abrines 23 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 1 4 +10
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Huestis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hamilton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Collison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 109 51 24 13 4 18 22 41/95 9/31 18/25 14 37 207 +25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 39 25 11 3 3 2 4 5 8/17 0/0 9/11 3 8 43 -10
E. Moore 31 15 4 1 2 0 2 2 6/12 3/6 0/0 1 3 21 -1
J. Holiday 34 12 5 8 5 0 3 2 4/10 1/4 3/4 0 5 35 -10
R. Rondo 33 11 8 9 1 0 6 2 5/9 1/5 0/0 0 8 32 +4
E. Okafor 13 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 4 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Davis 39 25 11 3 3 2 4 5 8/17 0/0 9/11 3 8 43 -10
E. Moore 31 15 4 1 2 0 2 2 6/12 3/6 0/0 1 3 21 -1
J. Holiday 34 12 5 8 5 0 3 2 4/10 1/4 3/4 0 5 35 -10
R. Rondo 33 11 8 9 1 0 6 2 5/9 1/5 0/0 0 8 32 +4
E. Okafor 13 0 4 1 0 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 4 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Clark 21 16 1 1 0 0 3 1 6/7 3/3 1/1 0 1 16 -7
D. Miller 27 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 5/11 3/7 1/2 2 0 23 -13
N. Mirotic 19 4 4 0 0 1 0 3 2/9 0/5 0/0 0 4 9 -5
C. Diallo 7 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/0 2/3 1 1 6 +4
S. Hill 13 3 3 2 1 0 1 2 1/4 0/2 1/2 0 3 10 +13
A. Ajinca - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Liggins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cooke - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Lemon Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 237 104 44 28 13 3 21 20 38/83 11/32 17/23 7 37 199 -25