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Russell Westbrook scores 27, Thunder beat Grizzlies

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Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points and recorded 9 assists and 6 rebounds in a tremendous all-around performance to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, 116-100. The Thunder shot really well, finishing 40-71 (56.3%) from the field, including 9-18 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. Oklahoma City (17-4) has now won four straight.

Westbrook finished 7-12 (2-5 from three-point range) and 11-11 from the free throw line, in a strong performance. Other key performers for Oklahoma City were Kevin Durant with 18 points and 6 rebounds, and Serge Ibaka with 12 points and 7 rebounds. On 7-13 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arc, Mike Conley scored 20 points for Memphis in the loss. He also tallied 9 assists. Zach Randolph contributed 17 points and 8 rebounds, Jon Leuer finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds, and Kosta Koufos put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 62.7%, the Thunder connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 2-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Grizzlies are winless (0-3) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

Memphis (10-11) couldn't get consecutive victories after beating Orlando on Monday.

Coming up, the Thunder battle the Los Angeles Lakers, who are 10-11 on the season. The Grizzlies meet the New Orleans Pelicans, currently sitting at 10-10 this year. The Grizzlies are 0-1 versus New Orleans this season.


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