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Thunder win fifth straight, lose Westbrook to sprained ankle

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It could have turned out so much worse for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder won their fifth straight game by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Monday night, but they lost star point guard Russell Westbrook with a sprained left ankle.

After coming down hard on the side of his foot, Westbrook pounded the ground in frustration before limping off the court. The Thunder led 84-77 when he left the game with 4:25 left in the third quarter.

There was limited information on Westbrook's status after the game.

''We'll see,'' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. ''Generally, with those things, we'll see how he does in the morning. But it's a sprained ankle. Hopefully, he'll be OK.''

Oklahoma City went on a run without its star to close the third quarter and led 100-86 at the end of the period.

The Pelicans closed the gap to a point in the final minute of the fourth quarter. Oklahoma City's Dennis Schroder made two free throws with 20.5 seconds left and Paul George made a pair with 11.8 seconds to play to clinch the win for the Thunder.

''When he went out, I thought our guys competed and played extremely hard,'' Donovan said.

Schroder scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to help the Thunder hold on.

''When the fourth quarter started and we started to battle back, it's too high of a mountain to climb - especially against a team that good, even without Westbrook,'' Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. ''They got a capable guy. Schroder, I thought, played great. He's been a starter in this league. It's not a role he hasn't been in.''

George finished with 23 points, Schroder scored 22 and Steven Adams added 18. Westbrook finished with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Julius Randle scored 28 points and made all 10 of his shots and Jrue Holiday scored 22 points for the Pelicans. Anthony Davis scored 20 points but made just 7 of 20 shots.

Donovan said Adams did a good job defending Davis. Adams wasn't so sure.

''I had a game plan, man, but honestly, he missed a lot of easy ones to be honest,'' Adams said. ''There was a lot of breakdowns. I got lucky on a few of them.''

It was the sixth straight loss for New Orleans after opening the season with four wins.

''We're putting ourselves in position where we have to have a perfect storm to win,'' Gentry said. ''In other words, we dig in, make our run, we come back, but we're never ahead. But we're playing hard and competing at a real high level. We're going to be fine.''

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TIP-INS

Pelicans: Had 11 offensive rebounds and 11 second-chance points in the first half. ... Made 25 of 30 free throws. ... F Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and matched a career high with 16 rebounds.

Thunder: Made nine of their first 10 shots. ... Shot 71.4 percent in the first quarter. ... Adams made his first seven shots.

QUOTABLE

George on Westbrook's injury: ''Russ has a pretty high pain tolerance, so I knew was something that was serious. I'm glad it wasn't his knee. I thought I saw him holding his knee. I'll say it's unfortunate, but I think we can all say this. As bad as it was, we're happy that it wasn't the knee and it was just an ankle sprain.''

SCORING MACHINES

The Thunder are averaging 122.4 points during their win streak. They have shot better than 50 percent from the field in three of those games. They shot 48.4 percent against the Pelicans.

PLUS-MINUS DISPARITY

Adams was a team-best plus 22 while Davis was a team-worst minus 18.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

Thunder: Play at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

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Key Players
N. Mirotic
3 PF
R. Westbrook
0 PG
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
25.3 Pts. Per Game 25.3
8.8 Ast. Per Game 8.8
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
50.0 Field Goal % 48.9
49.7 Three Point % 49.6
73.2 Free Throw % 63.5
  Bad pass turnover on Anthony Davis, stolen by Dennis Schroder 0:10
+ 1 Paul George made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Paul George made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Nikola Mirotic 0:11
  Defensive rebound by Paul George 0:11
  Jrue Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:14
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:20
+ 1 Dennis Schroder made 1st of 2 free throws 0:20
  Personal foul on Julius Randle 0:20
+ 3 Julius Randle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 0:23
+ 3 Julius Randle made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jrue Holiday 0:23
Team Stats
Points 116 122
Field Goals 41-84 (48.8%) 45-93 (48.4%)
3-Pointers 9-29 (31.0%) 10-27 (37.0%)
Free Throws 25-30 (83.3%) 22-31 (71.0%)
Total Rebounds 52 53
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 34 32
Team 7 12
Assists 27 26
Steals 8 15
Blocks 5 3
Turnovers 20 12
Fouls 26 23
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 4 REB, 14 AST
23 PTS, 6 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pelicans 4-6 28352330116
home team logo Thunder 5-4 36263822122
Team Stats
away team logo Pelicans 4-6 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Thunder 5-4 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
Key Players
J. Randle PF PPG RPG APG FG%
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Randle PF 26 PTS 8 REB 1 AST
P. George SF 23 PTS 6 REB 8 AST
48.8 FG% 48.4
31.0 3PT FG% 37.0
83.3 FT% 71.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 4 14 8/13 1/6 5/7 4 39 0 1 6 0 4 0 49
A. Davis 20 8 1 7/20 0/1 6/7 2 37 0 1 5 4 4 -18 26
N. Mirotic 16 16 0 5/12 1/5 5/6 3 31 2 0 1 2 14 0 33
W. Johnson 5 1 1 1/6 1/5 2/2 3 18 1 0 1 1 0 -15 8
E. Moore 4 1 4 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 16 0 0 3 0 1 -10 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Holiday 22 4 14 8/13 1/6 5/7 4 39 0 1 6 0 4 0 49
A. Davis 20 8 1 7/20 0/1 6/7 2 37 0 1 5 4 4 -18 26
N. Mirotic 16 16 0 5/12 1/5 5/6 3 31 2 0 1 2 14 0 33
W. Johnson 5 1 1 1/6 1/5 2/2 3 18 1 0 1 1 0 -15 8
E. Moore 4 1 4 2/3 0/1 0/0 1 16 0 0 3 0 1 -10 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Randle 26 8 1 10/10 2/2 4/4 3 28 1 2 1 1 7 +2 38
I. Clark 10 2 3 4/12 1/4 1/2 2 31 2 0 1 1 1 +4 19
D. Miller 9 1 1 3/4 3/4 0/0 4 17 0 0 2 1 0 +1 10
C. Diallo 4 4 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 1 10 2 1 0 1 3 +12 11
T. Frazier 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 -6 4
S. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Payton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bluiett - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 116 45 27 41/84 9/29 25/30 26 235 8 5 20 11 34 -30 208
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 23 6 8 6/17 4/10 7/7 1 37 4 0 1 2 4 +4 48
S. Adams 18 8 1 9/12 0/0 0/2 2 36 1 1 2 3 5 +22 28
R. Westbrook 17 7 9 6/16 0/2 5/8 3 25 1 0 6 0 7 +11 37
J. Grant 13 6 1 5/12 0/3 3/4 4 31 2 1 0 1 5 +9 24
T. Ferguson 5 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 2 14 2 0 0 0 0 +2 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 23 6 8 6/17 4/10 7/7 1 37 4 0 1 2 4 +4 48
S. Adams 18 8 1 9/12 0/0 0/2 2 36 1 1 2 3 5 +22 28
R. Westbrook 17 7 9 6/16 0/2 5/8 3 25 1 0 6 0 7 +11 37
J. Grant 13 6 1 5/12 0/3 3/4 4 31 2 1 0 1 5 +9 24
T. Ferguson 5 0 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 2 14 2 0 0 0 0 +2 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Schroder 22 3 2 9/16 1/3 3/3 4 23 1 0 2 0 3 -5 28
P. Patterson 10 2 1 3/4 3/3 1/2 3 16 0 0 0 0 2 -3 14
A. Abrines 7 4 3 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 30 0 0 1 0 4 +6 16
H. Diallo 4 0 0 2/4 0/1 0/1 2 10 2 0 0 0 0 +2 6
R. Felton 2 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 -2 3
N. Noel 1 5 1 0/2 0/0 1/2 0 11 1 1 0 3 2 -16 10
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 122 41 26 45/93 10/27 22/31 23 235 15 3 12 9 32 +30 221