Westbrook, Enes net 67 as Thunder strikes hapless Pelicans

US point guard Russell Westbrook had 43 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Turkish center Enes Kanter added 24 points and 14 rebounds, as the two scored a total of 67 points to help host the Thunder recover from a slow start and beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 110-103 in the NBA on Wednesday night.
Starting Pelicans center andOmer Aiik of Turkey missed the game with a stomach illness, and guard Norris Cole was out with an ankle sprain.
The Thunder, who bounced back after blowing fourth-quarter leads in recent losses to Boston and Memphis and is 7-5, is 2-2 without star forward Kevin Durant, who missed his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury.
Ryan Anderson scored 30 points while Eric Gordon and Ish Smith added 18 apiece for New Orleans (1-11), which lost its fifth straight game. The Pelicans suited up only nine players, with standout forward Anthony Davis sitting out with a shoulder injury sustained on Tuesday against Denver.
New Orleans hung close most of the way and twice had a chance to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but Toney Douglas and Anderson each missed an open 3-point attempt.
The Pelicans were within 97-94 with 3:24 left when Westbrook answered with a three-point play, then rebounded a New Orleans miss and drove the length of the floor for a layup that made it 102-94 with 2:47 left. He ended up scoring 12 of the Thunderand’s final 15 points and finished with his third 40-point outing of the season.
New Orleans took aantage of a poor start by the Thunder, jumping to a 30-21 lead early in the second quarter. Oklahoma City outscored the Pelicans 32-15 over the final 11 minutes of the quarter to go up 53-45. The Thunder pushed their lead to 14 points in the third quarter but led only 80-74 entering the fourth.
Other NBA results: Indiana 112, Philadelphia 85 Orlando 104, Minnesota 101, OT Charlotte 116, Brooklyn 111 Dallas 106, Boston 102 Houston 108, Portland 103, OT Atlanta 103, Sacramento 97 San Antonio 109, Denver 98 Utah 93, Toronto 89 and Chicago 103, Phoenix 97.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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