Westbrook triple-double guides Thunder past Kings

Mar 8 2018 Oklahoma City OK USA Phoenix Suns guard Shaquille Harrison drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Mar 8 2018 Oklahoma City OK USA Phoenix Suns guard Shaquille Harrison drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points and claimed his 20th triple-double of the season to help the Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 106-101 on Monday night.

Westbrook, now fourth on the list with 99 career triple-doubles, has gotten the gross majority of his over the past two seasons.

Late in the game, the Thunder bench scored five points in the first three quarters, then poured in 20 in the fourth. Oklahoma City moved into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.

The Oklahoma City Thunder hit 16 three-pointers and Russell Westbrook had a triple double to lead OKC to a 106-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at Chesapeake Arena in downtown Oklahoma City. Just two days earlier against San Antonio, he hurt his left ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

The Kings were led by 19 points from Bogdan Bogdanovic and 15 apiece by Justin Jackson and Garrett Temple. Oklahoma City never pulled away by more than 10 points. George had 14 points and Anthony 13 for the Thunder.

By the end of the third quarter a once eight-point OKC lead had turned into a one-point deficit.

The Thunder led 88-85 in the fourth quarter when Westbrook checked back in after a brief rest. Westbrook's lob to Grant for a dunk put the Thunder up 102-92 with just under 3 minutes to play. The start of the second half was delayed because a wire was hanging down behind one of the backboards and needed to be taped.

Ferguson is averaging only 3.0 points in 12.1 minutes per game this season. They entered the game a combined 41 of 151 (27.1 percent) from long distance since the All-Star break.

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