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Westbrook scores 40, Thunder pull away to beat Suns

PHOENIX (AP) For three quarters on Friday night, the improving Phoenix Suns gave Oklahoma City everything it could handle.

Russell Westbrook and Dennis Schroder took over from there, and the Thunder rolled to a 118-102 victory.

Westbrook scored 40 points, 15 in the game's final 6 1/2 minutes, Schroder scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma City snapped a two-game skid despite the absence of Paul George, who missed his first game of the season due to a right quad contusion. Abdel Nader scored a career-high 18 for the Thunder.

When the game was on the line, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said, ''We defended really well, we rebounded really well and we took care of the basketball and were able to score points.''

Devin Booker had 25 points and 10 assists for the Suns, who had a three-point lead after three quarters but were outscored 37-18 in the fourth.

''We lean on defense all season,'' Westbrook said, ''and it's important that we constantly keep leaning on that to win games.''

T.J. Warren scored 19 and Deandre Ayton 16 for Phoenix, which had won five of its previous seven games after opening the season 4-24.

''That's a very winnable game for us,'' Booker said. ''We just let it slip. That team's been together a long time. They know what it takes to close out games. We're still learning.''

The Thunder swept the four-game season series from the Suns.

Schroder scored 10, including a pair of 3s, in what proved to be the decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run that put Oklahoma City ahead 102-88 with 6:09 to play. Westbrook capped the outburst with a 3 and pretty much took over the game from there.

''In the first half, my shot wasn't falling and everybody else stepped up doing a great job,'' Schroder said. ''In the second half, everybody gave me confidence, told me to keep shooting and I did and in the fourth quarter I kept it going, shot every shot I could get and it went in.''

The Suns' reserves were the main contributors in a 16-4 second-quarter run.

Nader converted a three-point play then scored again inside to put the Thunder up 43-35 with 10:02 left in the first half.

But Josh Jackson sank a 19-footer, followed by a 3-pointer, to ignite the surge. Booker also hit a 3-pointer and Mikal Bridges scored from the baseline to put the Suns ahead 51-47 with 5:22 to go. There were five lead changes the rest of the half, with Oklahoma City leading 58-57 at the break.

Phoenix scored the first six points of the second half to lead 63-55 and was up 82-77 after Warren's 3-pointer, but Raymond Felton's steal and layup cut it to 82-79. The Suns led 84-81 entering the fourth.

''We can be pleased with the three quarters that we played and how we played, how we competed,'' Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said, ''but unfortunately it's a 48-minute game.''

TIP-INS

Thunder: Terrance Ferguson left the game due to stomach illness in the first quarter. Alex Abrines missed his second straight game due to stomach illness. ... Oklahoma City has not lost three in a row since starting the season 0-4. ... Thunder have beaten Phoenix six straight times. ... George had started all 33 games this season. ... Schroder made 3 of 12 shots in the first three quarters, 5 of 6 in the fourth. ... Oklahoma City moved into second in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Denver.

Suns: The Suns opened a season-long, seven-game home stand after a 3-2 road trip. ... Booker missed his first six shots and was 1-for-7 shooting in the first quarter but with six assists. ... Phoenix had won more games in the last seven than it had in the previous 28. ... Kelly Oubre Jr. was 2 of 8 shooting, 0 of 4 on 3s, for four points in his home debut for the Suns.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Dallas on Sunday.

Suns: Host Denver on Saturday night.

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Key Players
R. Westbrook
0 PG
D. Booker
1 SG
36.2 Min. Per Game 36.2
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
7.0 Ast. Per Game 7.0
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
43.1 Field Goal % 44.5
42.2 Three Point % 44.8
60.7 Free Throw % 85.0
+ 2 Abdel Nader made jump shot 0:18
+ 1 De'Anthony Melton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:34
+ 1 De'Anthony Melton made 1st of 2 free throws 0:34
  Personal foul on Steven Adams 0:34
+ 3 Russell Westbrook made 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
  Traveling violation turnover on Josh Jackson 0:57
+ 1 Russell Westbrook made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:17
  Russell Westbrook missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:17
  OKC team rebound 1:17
  Shooting foul on De'Anthony Melton 1:17
  Defensive rebound by Dennis Schroder 1:19
Team Stats
Points 118 102
Field Goals 51-95 (53.7%) 39-90 (43.3%)
3-Pointers 7-20 (35.0%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 9-13 (69.2%) 15-16 (93.8%)
Total Rebounds 56 44
Offensive 11 7
Defensive 38 27
Team 7 10
Assists 22 22
Steals 12 12
Blocks 4 7
Turnovers 16 17
Fouls 13 18
Technicals 0 0
40 PTS, 12 REB, 8 AST
25 PTS, 7 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Thunder 22-12 36222337118
home team logo Suns 9-27 29282718102
Team Stats
away team logo Thunder 22-12 105.2 PPG 43.2 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logo Suns 9-27 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
R. Westbrook PG 22.9 PPG 11.1 RPG 10.7 APG 42.8 FG%
D. Booker SG 26.6 PPG 4.1 RPG 6.8 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Westbrook PG 40 PTS 12 REB 8 AST
D. Booker SG 25 PTS 7 REB 10 AST
53.7 FG% 43.3
35.0 3PT FG% 31.0
69.2 FT% 93.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Westbrook 40 12 8 17/29 3/7 3/6 3 39 0 0 6 2 10 +6 62
D. Schroder 20 4 6 8/18 2/7 2/2 1 39 2 0 3 1 3 +25 35
S. Adams 12 13 3 5/10 0/0 2/3 3 35 3 0 1 4 9 +5 33
J. Grant 12 8 1 6/12 0/1 0/0 1 37 3 2 2 2 6 +12 25
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 +3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Westbrook 40 12 8 17/29 3/7 3/6 3 39 0 0 6 2 10 +6 62
D. Schroder 20 4 6 8/18 2/7 2/2 1 39 2 0 3 1 3 +25 35
S. Adams 12 13 3 5/10 0/0 2/3 3 35 3 0 1 4 9 +5 33
J. Grant 12 8 1 6/12 0/1 0/0 1 37 3 2 2 2 6 +12 25
T. Ferguson 4 0 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 +3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Nader 18 5 0 7/13 2/4 2/2 2 33 0 0 0 1 4 +6 23
H. Diallo 6 1 0 3/5 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 1 0 1 +10 6
R. Felton 4 1 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 1 -2 8
P. Patterson 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 10 0 1 2 1 1 +4 3
N. Noel 0 3 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 12 4 1 0 0 3 +11 12
P. George - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Abrines - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Roberson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Grantham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 118 49 22 51/95 7/20 9/13 13 235 12 4 16 11 38 +80 211
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 25 7 10 8/22 2/5 7/8 5 32 3 0 2 0 7 -6 53
T. Warren 19 2 0 8/15 3/6 0/0 3 31 0 0 3 0 2 -7 18
D. Ayton 16 9 1 8/13 0/0 0/0 0 32 3 0 0 4 5 -8 30
M. Bridges 13 5 2 5/10 3/8 0/0 2 29 2 2 0 0 5 -9 26
D. Melton 4 3 2 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 24 1 1 3 2 1 -15 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Booker 25 7 10 8/22 2/5 7/8 5 32 3 0 2 0 7 -6 53
T. Warren 19 2 0 8/15 3/6 0/0 3 31 0 0 3 0 2 -7 18
D. Ayton 16 9 1 8/13 0/0 0/0 0 32 3 0 0 4 5 -8 30
M. Bridges 13 5 2 5/10 3/8 0/0 2 29 2 2 0 0 5 -9 26
D. Melton 4 3 2 1/5 0/2 2/2 2 24 1 1 3 2 1 -15 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Jackson 9 4 2 3/9 1/3 2/2 1 30 0 1 4 1 3 -11 14
J. Crawford 6 0 4 3/7 0/1 0/0 0 18 1 1 3 0 0 -13 13
R. Holmes 6 3 1 1/1 0/0 4/4 1 15 1 1 0 0 3 -8 13
K. Oubre Jr. 4 1 0 2/8 0/4 0/0 4 24 1 1 2 0 1 -3 5
R. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Daniels - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. King - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Okobo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 102 34 22 39/90 9/29 15/16 18 235 12 7 17 7 27 -80 182