Russell Westbrook notched his 31st triple-double of the season to push the Thunder to a 102-92 victory over Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs. Westbrook’s 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists matched Wilt Chamberlain’s total for the second-most triple-doubles in a season.
Oklahoma City snapped its four-game losing streak. Taj Gibson started his first game for head coach Billy Donovan since the trade deadline move that sent him to OKC.
Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, adding four boards and three assists in 28 minutes. Oladipo finally seems to be comfortable for the first time since re returned from a missing a chunk of game with back spasms. Enes Kanter scored 14 points and grabbed 10 boards — six of them on offense. Taj Gibson provided seven points, three rebounds, and one block.
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Kawhi Leonard played just 26 minutes in the loss for the Spurs, scoring 19. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points, adding six rebounds. The game seemed out of reach early on, and Gregg Popovich, ever concerned about his team’s energy levels, was conservative in his rotations. No player other than Aldridge played more than 30 minutes on the night.
The Thunder improve to 36-29, while the Spurs fall to 50-14. The Thunder take on the Jazz tomorrow afternoon at 2.