OKC Thunder Win 4th In A Row Behind Huge Westbrook Triple Double


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The OKC Thunder defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Thursday night. Russell Westbrook filled up the stat sheet, leading the Thunder with 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists.

The game represented the 15th triple double of the season for Russell Westbrook. Currently, Westbrook is on track to average a triple double for a third year in a row, averaging 21.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 10.7 assists.

He’s on pace to set his own career high in assists, likely due to the high level production of teammates Paul George and Steven Adams. Steven Adams had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Paul George chipped in 23 points and 11 boards against the Pelicans.

The big three of Adams, Westbrook, and George has been one of the most cohesive frontcourt/backcourt combinations in the league. Adams has improved each year since being drafted out of Pittsburgh in 2013. The big man is averaging career highs in points (15.4) and rebounding (10.1), and has mastered the pick and roll with Westbrook. George is also having a career high scoring season, averaging 26.3 points a game. This trio is one of the most productive big three in the league, and if healthy, give OKC a real chance at a title run this postseason.

The Pelicans have now dropped 2 of 3 games without All-Star Anthony Davis. The Pelicans have began to dig themselves in a hole in the western conference. After the loss in Oklahoma City, the Pelicans are 22-27, placing them in 12th place in the west and 4.5 games back from the 8th and final playoff spot.

Life won’t get easier anytime soon for the Pelicans, who will play the Spurs, Rockets, and Nuggets in the next three games. Anthony Davis is expected to miss 2 of these games, with the game against the Nuggets on January 30th not being ruled out yet.

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