Enes defies injury to help Thunder strike down Heat

Turkish center Enes Kanter scored 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Oklahoma City Thunder, which has won three in a row, to a resounding 93-75 NBA victory over Miami Heat on Sunday night. Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, 10 rebounds and made 17 assists for his second consecutive triple-double, rookie Mitch McGary scored 14 points and Anthony Morrow scored 12.

Enes was expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury. But he was cleare

Turkish center Enes Kanter scored 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Oklahoma City Thunder, which has won three in a row, to a resounding 93-75 NBA victory over Miami Heat on Sunday night.

Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, 10 rebounds and made 17 assists for his second consecutive triple-double, rookie Mitch McGary scored 14 points and Anthony Morrow scored 12.

Enes was expected to miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.

But he was cleared to play after the morning shootaround, and got off to a fast start with 15 points in the first quarter

andldquoI really wanted to play this one. It was hurting and I wasnand#39t 100 percent,andrdquo Enes said.

andldquoThe scoring was nice, but I think the defense was the key. Weand#39re communicating better and the pick and roll coverage is so much better than it has been.

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The best part of Westbrookand#39s game on Sunday might have been his defense on Dwyane Wade. And that says a lot about his work on Wade.

Westbrook committed six turnovers in his 10th triple-double of the season, but also had four steals and blocked two shots. His 17 assists matched a career high for the All-Star, one of the leading contenders for the NBA MVP award.

Westbrook also helped shut down Wade after he made his first four shots. Wade finished with 12 points on 6-for-15 shooting.

andldquoJust denying, making it tough for him,andrdquo Westbrook said. andldquoHe got going early, but as a team we did a good job after that of making him shoot tough shots.

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The Thunder held Miami to a season-low point total, while failing to score 100 points themselves for the first time since Jan. 31.

The Heat had five players score in double figures. Hassan Whiteside had 13 points, all in the first half, and Goran Dragic and Mario Chalmers each scored 12.

Miami had won three in a row.

andldquoIt was just the level of competition.

They kept coming in waves,andrdquo Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. andldquoYou have two teams in an urgent situation and they played like it and we didnand#39t.

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The Thunder carried a 66-58 lead into the fourth quarter, and then outscored the Heat 27-17 in the final period. Enes had four points in a 13-2 run that made it 79-62 with 7:49 left.

Miami shot 39.5 percent from the field, compared to Oklahoma Cityand#39s 44 percent.

The Heat was also outrebounded 52-40. andldquoThis team just played more desperately than us,andrdquo Wade said.

andldquoThey played at a play-off level and we played at a regular-season level and thatand#39s the difference.andrdquo

Other NBA results: Cleveland 108, Milwaukee 90 San Antonio 114, Atlanta 95 LA Clippers 107, New Orleans 100 Toronto 106, New York 89 Sacramento 109, Washington 86 Denver 119, Orlando 100 Detroit 105, Boston 97, OT Charlotte 109, Minnesota 98 Phoenix 98, Dallas 92 LA Lakers 101, Philadelphia 87.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman