Russell Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past Timberwolves

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook got his 23rd career triple-double, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 113-93 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Westbrook finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He bounced back from being ejected Wednesday against Dallas following skirmishes with J.J. Barea. He sat out the fourth quarter Friday because the Thunder were in control.

Kevin Durant had 21 points, Dion Waiters scored 20 and Cameron Payne added 14 for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

Andrew Wiggins had 25 points, Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 and Zach LaVine added 13 for the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth straight. Karl-Anthony Towns, the league’s No. 2 rookie scorer with 15.7 points per game, had nine points and 12 rebounds.

Oklahoma City led 57-43 at halftime. Durant scored 15 points and Waiters had 10 off the bench before the break.

In the second half, Westbrook clinched his triple-double. He got his 10th rebound with 7:02 left in the third quarter. He made a layup midway through the third to reach double figures in points. Durant secured the triple with an assist on an alley-oop lob to Andre Roberson from just beyond halfcourt. The basket gave the Thunder a 75-54 lead, and Oklahoma City was up 82-65 at the end of the period.

The Thunder held the Timberwolves to 40 percent shooting overall.


Timberwolves: Minnesota missed its first 10 shots and didn’t score for the first 4:22. The Wolves made 16 of 34 the rest of the half. … Towns and Wiggins both went 1 for 6 from the field in the first quarter. … Minnesota outrebounded the Thunder 45-40.

Thunder: Oklahoma City shot 60 percent in the first quarter to take a 31-17 lead. … The Thunder shot 53 percent for the game. … Durant also had seven assists and six rebounds.