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Westbrook leads Thunder past Clippers


    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

OKLAHOMA CITY >> Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his NBA-best 16th triple-double of the season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-88 victory over the depleted Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.

Westbrook played just 28 minutes as Oklahoma City put away Los Angeles with a big first half. Enes Kanter had 23 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points.

The Clippers played without Chris Paul, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury, and Blake Griffin, who is recovering from right knee surgery. Brandon Bass and Marreese Speights each had 18 points, and Austin Rivers finished with 14 on 3-for-11 shooting.

Oladipo and Kanter each had nine points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City jumped out to a 33-12 lead. Alex Abrines drilled a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, giving the Thunder a 69-40 lead at the break.


Clippers: C DeAndre Jordan finished with nine points and 11 rebounds. … Los Angeles shot 41 percent (31 for 75) from the field.

Thunder: Abrines had 12 points, and Steven Adams scored 11.


Clippers: Host the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

Thunder: Travel to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Monday night.

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