The Oklahoma City Thunder added All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to MVP Russell Westbrook and waited for the wins to roll up hitting their stride now as evidenced by a 127-117 victory on Thursday night which ended the Los Angeles Clippers ' four-game winning streak.
Oklahoma City's ''Big Three'' was on full display: Westbrook had his 13th triple-double of the season with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his latest homecoming. George scored 31 points and Anthony added 22.
They almost dared the Clippers to outscore them. ''Absolutely, when we're on, all three of us hot like that, it's going to result in a lot of wins,'' George said. The Thunder have won eight of their last 10 games. ''We found our rhythm,'' Anthony said. ''We still have some ways to go as a team, but we've figured out how we want to play and who we are.''
Despite a rash of injuries, the Clippers had also been playing well.
They led by three going into the fourth quarter but then were immediately outscored 12-0, mostly by the Oklahoma City bench.
DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers with a season-high 26 points and 17 rebounds. Lou Williams had 26 points and Blake Griffin scored 24, but it wasn't enough to keep up with the Thunder.
''You can't take all three of those guys away,'' Jordan said.
''We just tried to do the best we could making it tough for
those guys to score.''
Thunder: Complete their three-game road trip Sunday in
Clippers: Host the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
Curry, Thompson help Warriors over Rockets
Stephen Curry is well aware that Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has crafted his team specifically to try and beat the Golden State
Warriors. ''As much as he talks about it, yeah it's hard not to,'' Curry
said. ''It's pretty ... clear.''
But on Thursday night with the Rockets missing the most
important piece on their team in James Harden, Chris
Paul and his supporting cast were not enough to overcome the defending champions.
Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 28 and the
Warriors pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a
Draymond Green added a triple-double with 17 points, 14
rebounds and 10 assists to become the franchise career
leader in triple-doubles with 21. It was his second this
season to move him past Tom Gola.
The Warriors extended their road winning streak to nine
games and have won an NBA-best 16 road games this
The Rockets got 30 points from Eric Gordon, and Gerald
Green came off the bench to score 29 and tie a career
high with eight 3-pointers as they played their second
game without Harden, who is out for at least two weeks
with a hamstring strain. ''We've got to get better as a team,'' Houston coach Mike
D'Antoni said. ''We're just not quite there defensively,
communication, all the stuff we can control we're not
Warriors: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Rockets: At Detroit on Saturday.
As complied by Oluwasegun Giwa