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George, Adams lead Thunder past Phoenix 110-100

PHOENIX (AP) Still without Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City Thunder keep winning.

Paul George scored 32 points, Steven Adams added 26 and the Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 110-100 on Saturday night, their 10th victory in 11 games.

The Thunder played without Westbrook for the sixth straight game. He missed the first five with a sprained ankle, but the team said his absence on Saturday was for ''personal reasons.''

But Oklahoma City was in control most of the night anyway, leading by as many as 18 points and beating the Suns for the third time this season with two of the victories coming without Westbrook.

George said the Thunder just know each other well.

''We've been together,'' he said. ''I can't say that enough. There's no more confusion, there's no more trying to figure it out. We know what to do. We've been together long enough now to know what to do in those moments.''

T.J. Warren scored 23, Deandre Ayton 21 and Devin Booker 16 for Phoenix, which was trying to win consecutive games for the first time this season after beating San Antonio on Wednesday night.

The rookie Ayton was able to score, but still had a rough night against the physical Adams.

''That's a tough matchup,'' Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. ''As we know, Steven Adams is one of the most dominant five-men in the league right now. ... I think he (Ayton) competed in every play, he was more vocal, he was better than the first game, second game.''

Ayton said the Thunder ''just made their shots and got to the line more than us. I know that we played and I know that we competed. The emotions were flowing on the bench. Everybody was really into it. ... Every game we play against them we get better and better.''

The Thunder outscored Phoenix 17-4 to start the second half, capped by an 11-0 run that put Oklahoma City up 64-46 on George's 20-footer with 7:05 left in the third quarter. Booker and Josh Jackson each sank 3s in an 8-0 spurt that cut it to 64-54. But Oklahoma City, dominating the game inside, rebuilt the lead to 18 before Jamal Crawford scored the last four points of the quarter to cut the Thunder's advantage to 79-65 entering the fourth.

Down 93-78 after George's two free throws with 5:27 to play, the Suns mounted an 11-2 run to cut it to 95-89 on Warren's 3-pointer with 3:45 remaining. But Adams scored on an offensive rebound and broke free for a dunk and was fouled for a three-point play to boost the lead to 100-89. Phoenix never came closer than seven after that.

''If you don't defend the 3-point line, it changes in a hurry,'' Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said, ''and that's what really changed the game but I give our guys credit when it got to six. We kind of closed out, made some plays, got it back up to 10 and it was 10 the last two minutes of the game.''

The game was close through a sloppy first half, when neither team could shoot better than 38 percent.

Oklahoma City led 47-42 at the break, despite 12 turnovers. But Phoenix could turn them into just seven points.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Westbrook practiced with the team on Friday and was at the Saturday shoot-around. ... Oklahoma City improved to 5-1 in games since Westbrook was hurt. ... The Thunder's two previous victories over Phoenix were in Oklahoma City, the most recent on Tuesday. ... Oklahoma City won its first road game against a Western Conference foe.

Suns: Trevor Ariza missed his second straight game for personal reasons. ... Warren had his fifth straight 20-point game, a career best. .... In Ariza's absence, rookie Mikal Bridges started and scored 14 points. .... Booker was only 5 of 16 from the field, but matched his career best with 12 assists, a mark he set on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Sacramento on Monday night.

Suns: Open a four-game road trip at Philadelphia on Monday.

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Key Players
P. George
13 SF
D. Booker
1 SG
36.0 Min. Per Game 36.0
23.3 Pts. Per Game 23.3
6.9 Ast. Per Game 6.9
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
41.6 Field Goal % 42.7
41.3 Three Point % 43.1
83.1 Free Throw % 84.8
  Defensive rebound by Steven Adams 0:17
  Devin Booker missed running Jump Shot 0:19
+ 1 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Shooting foul on Mikal Bridges 0:23
+ 1 Deandre Ayton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:39
  Team rebound 0:39
  Deandre Ayton missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:39
  Shooting foul on Dennis Schroder 0:39
+ 2 Jerami Grant made driving layup 0:47
+ 1 Devin Booker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:10
Team Stats
Points 110 100
Field Goals 38-85 (44.7%) 37-82 (45.1%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 12-29 (41.4%)
Free Throws 27-32 (84.4%) 14-21 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 62 42
Offensive 14 4
Defensive 38 27
Team 10 11
Assists 17 24
Steals 9 14
Blocks 7 6
Turnovers 18 14
Fouls 20 28
Technicals 0 0
32 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 4 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Thunder 10-5 30173231110
home team logo Suns 3-12 25172335100
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 10-5 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logo Suns 3-12 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
P. George SF PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Warren SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
P. George SF 32 PTS 11 REB 2 AST
T. Warren SF 23 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
44.7 FG% 45.1
29.2 3PT FG% 41.4
84.4 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 32 11 2 9/22 3/10 11/11 2 39 3 3 5 1 10 +12 48
S. Adams 26 10 0 11/15 0/0 4/5 5 36 1 0 3 5 5 -2 34
D. Schroder 15 5 7 6/15 1/3 2/2 2 35 4 0 5 1 4 +9 33
J. Grant 14 6 3 4/7 1/2 5/7 2 32 0 2 0 1 5 +14 28
H. Diallo 1 4 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 19 0 0 0 2 2 +7 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
P. George 32 11 2 9/22 3/10 11/11 2 39 3 3 5 1 10 +12 48
S. Adams 26 10 0 11/15 0/0 4/5 5 36 1 0 3 5 5 -2 34
D. Schroder 15 5 7 6/15 1/3 2/2 2 35 4 0 5 1 4 +9 33
J. Grant 14 6 3 4/7 1/2 5/7 2 32 0 2 0 1 5 +14 28
H. Diallo 1 4 1 0/1 0/0 1/2 0 19 0 0 0 2 2 +7 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 12 4 1 4/8 1/3 3/3 4 25 0 0 1 1 3 -4 17
P. Patterson 4 3 0 1/5 1/3 1/2 0 15 0 0 0 1 2 -4 7
N. Noel 4 6 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 11 1 2 1 2 4 +12 12
R. Felton 2 1 3 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 13 0 0 2 0 1 +1 7
R. Westbrook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Nader - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ferguson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 110 52 17 38/85 7/24 27/32 20 225 9 7 18 14 38 +45 193
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 23 5 1 10/19 2/4 1/2 3 40 1 1 2 1 4 -8 30
D. Ayton 19 9 1 9/18 0/1 1/2 3 35 1 0 2 1 8 +3 29
D. Booker 18 4 11 6/17 3/8 3/4 5 39 0 0 1 0 4 -10 43
M. Bridges 14 2 2 4/7 3/5 3/3 6 30 4 2 2 0 2 -13 24
I. Canaan 8 0 2 3/6 2/4 0/0 1 24 2 0 0 0 0 -15 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Warren 23 5 1 10/19 2/4 1/2 3 40 1 1 2 1 4 -8 30
D. Ayton 19 9 1 9/18 0/1 1/2 3 35 1 0 2 1 8 +3 29
D. Booker 18 4 11 6/17 3/8 3/4 5 39 0 0 1 0 4 -10 43
M. Bridges 14 2 2 4/7 3/5 3/3 6 30 4 2 2 0 2 -13 24
I. Canaan 8 0 2 3/6 2/4 0/0 1 24 2 0 0 0 0 -15 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Crawford 7 0 5 2/5 1/3 2/2 3 23 1 0 1 0 0 +2 17
J. Jackson 7 3 0 2/6 1/1 2/4 2 17 4 1 3 1 2 +3 12
R. Holmes 4 5 0 1/1 0/0 2/4 2 12 0 2 0 1 4 -13 11
D. Bender 0 0 2 0/2 0/2 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 0 -2 3
D. Melton 0 3 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 9 1 0 2 0 3 +3 2
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Ariza - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 31 24 37/82 12/29 14/21 28 236 14 6 14 4 27 -50 185