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George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Grizzlies 137-123

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook needed rebounds to reach a milestone, so Paul George took care of the points.

George scored 40 points, Westbrook clinched a triple-double average for the second straight season and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook entered the game 16 rebounds shy of becoming the first player to average a triple-double for a season more than once. He reached that total with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. He finished with just six points, but had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 assists.

''I'm very, very thankful and blessed, man, to go out and compete,'' Westbrook said. ''Like I've said many, many times, I don't take this game for granted. I don't take going out on the floor and competing for granted.''

George made 13 of 20 shots, including eight of 14 3-pointers.

''I just caught a rhythm early,'' George said. ''It's just sticking with it, staying with the process and just putting work in - a lot of work in. It paid off tonight.''

With a loss, the Thunder would have been a No. 8 seed and forced to play No. 1 seed Houston in the first round. Instead, Oklahoma City will play Utah.

Steven Adams scored 24 points and Corey Brewer added 17 for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record with 20 made 3-pointers.

Dillon Brooks scored a career-high 36 points for Memphis.

Westbrook had one of the most unusual first halves of his career to help the Thunder take a 20-point lead. He had 12 assists and 11 rebounds, yet only scored one point and took two shots. George scored 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers in the first half to help Oklahoma City score a season-high 77 points in the first half.

Brooks scored 16 points in the third quarter to help the Grizzlies trim their deficit to 105-96 at the end of the third quarter. The Grizzlies scored 39 points in the period.

Memphis hung tough in the fourth quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers by Terrance Ferguson and George pushed Oklahoma City's lead to 133-116.

''Obviously, I thought we had plays where we could have prevented points, but for the most part, they (Memphis) just played really well tonight,'' George said. ''I thought we did a great job of not falling into just being complacent. I thought we played phenomenal tonight. It just so happened that they played well as well. It's like that sometimes. It's just great that we played well enough to win.''

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Marc Gasol (rest), Tyreke Evans (personal reasons), JaMychal Green (knee soreness), Wayne Selden Jr. (right knee soreness), Andrew Harrison (right wrist/left shoulder) and Jarell Martin (left ankle) all sat out.

Thunder: Westbrook brought F Nick Collison out to midcourt with him before the game. Westbrook said he wasn't sure if it would be the 37-year-old Collison's last regular-season game, but he wanted the crowd to acknowledge Collison's contribution to the franchise. ... G Alex Abrines (concussion protocol) did not play. ... Westbrook had seven assists in the first quarter. ... Brewer was fouled on a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and left the game for good with a knee sprain.

STAT LINES

Westbrook matched a season low with two field goals made and set a season low with nine field goal attempts.

SUPPORTING CAST

Westbrook didn't shoot well, but the other four starters shot a combined 33 for 55 from the field.

QUOTABLE

Bickerstaff on the team's 22-60 finish: ''When you go through these types of times, everybody who is involved's true character comes out. It's easy when things are roses and sunshine to be a good player, a good teammate, to be a positive coach, whatever it may be. But these times, who are you? Hopefully everybody involved learned from it.''

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Season is over.

Thunder: Will open the playoffs this weekend.

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Key Players
M. Brooks
8 SG
R. Westbrook
0 PG
36.4 Min. Per Game 36.4
25.6 Pts. Per Game 25.6
10.1 Ast. Per Game 10.1
9.9 Reb. Per Game 9.9
50.0 Field Goal % 44.9
52.1 Three Point % 44.9
87.0 Free Throw % 73.7
+ 3 Ben McLemore made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kobi Simmons 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis 0:14
  Josh Huestis missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:17
+ 1 Kobi Simmons made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
+ 1 Kobi Simmons made 1st of 2 free throws 0:40
  Shooting foul on Daniel Hamilton 0:40
+ 1 Nick Collison made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:51
  Team rebound 0:51
  Nick Collison missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:51
  Shooting foul on Omari Johnson 0:51
+ 1 Ben McLemore made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:01
Team Stats
Points 123 137
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 47-85 (55.3%)
3-Pointers 13-31 (41.9%) 20-43 (46.5%)
Free Throws 22-24 (91.7%) 23-32 (71.9%)
Total Rebounds 44 52
Offensive 10 8
Defensive 32 37
Team 2 7
Assists 22 32
Steals 9 8
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 22 23
Technicals 0 0
36 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
6 PTS, 20 REB, 19 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 22-60 28293927123
home team logo Thunder 48-34 38392832137
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 22-60 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 48-34 101.2 PPG 44 RPG 16.3 APG
Key Players
D. Brooks SF 11.0 PPG 3.1 RPG 1.6 APG 44.0 FG%
P. George SF 21.9 PPG 5.7 RPG 3.3 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Brooks SF 36 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
P. George SF 40 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
48.4 FG% 55.3
41.9 3PT FG% 46.5
91.7 FT% 71.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 33 36 7 1 2 0 2 2 14/22 3/7 5/5 1 6 45 0
K. Simmons 33 15 1 5 0 0 2 3 4/12 1/4 6/6 0 1 24 -9
B. McLemore 31 14 4 3 0 0 1 3 4/8 2/5 4/4 1 3 23 -22
I. Rabb 31 12 13 4 1 0 0 5 5/12 0/0 2/2 5 8 34 -14
D. Davis 29 6 8 2 1 1 2 2 3/8 0/0 0/1 1 7 18 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Brooks 33 36 7 1 2 0 2 2 14/22 3/7 5/5 1 6 45 0
K. Simmons 33 15 1 5 0 0 2 3 4/12 1/4 6/6 0 1 24 -9
B. McLemore 31 14 4 3 0 0 1 3 4/8 2/5 4/4 1 3 23 -22
I. Rabb 31 12 13 4 1 0 0 5 5/12 0/0 2/2 5 8 34 -14
D. Davis 29 6 8 2 1 1 2 2 3/8 0/0 0/1 1 7 18 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Chalmers 20 13 0 1 1 1 2 2 4/8 2/6 3/3 0 0 15 -4
O. Johnson 24 13 4 4 1 0 1 3 5/8 3/5 0/0 0 4 25 -5
M. Brooks 22 9 4 2 2 0 3 0 3/10 1/2 2/3 2 2 16 -4
M. Henry 13 5 1 0 1 0 0 2 2/3 1/2 0/0 0 1 7 -7
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gasol - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Weber - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Selden Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 123 42 22 9 2 13 22 44/91 13/31 22/24 10 32 207 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 34 40 4 2 2 1 2 3 13/20 8/14 6/8 1 3 49 +15
S. Adams 36 24 7 0 1 0 2 2 9/12 0/0 6/7 1 6 30 +17
C. Brewer 31 17 3 1 1 0 1 3 7/13 2/5 1/2 2 1 22 +10
C. Anthony 23 10 3 2 1 0 1 5 4/10 1/5 1/1 0 3 17 +5
R. Westbrook 37 6 20 19 2 0 5 0 2/9 0/2 2/3 3 17 61 +17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. George 34 40 4 2 2 1 2 3 13/20 8/14 6/8 1 3 49 +15
S. Adams 36 24 7 0 1 0 2 2 9/12 0/0 6/7 1 6 30 +17
C. Brewer 31 17 3 1 1 0 1 3 7/13 2/5 1/2 2 1 22 +10
C. Anthony 23 10 3 2 1 0 1 5 4/10 1/5 1/1 0 3 17 +5
R. Westbrook 37 6 20 19 2 0 5 0 2/9 0/2 2/3 3 17 61 +17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Grant 21 12 2 2 0 2 0 3 3/4 0/1 6/6 0 2 20 +11
T. Ferguson 25 12 2 2 1 0 0 3 4/8 4/8 0/0 0 2 19 +9
R. Felton 11 9 1 1 0 0 2 0 3/5 3/4 0/0 0 1 10 -1
P. Patterson 11 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 2 8 +1
J. Huestis 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -3
N. Collison 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/5 1 0 2 -5
D. Johnson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
D. Hamilton 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 -3
K. Singler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 137 45 32 8 3 14 23 47/85 20/43 23/32 8 37 243 +70