Steven Adams solid as Russell Westbrook posts another triple-double in Thunder victory

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook now has the third most triple-doubles ever in an NBA season.
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Thunder guard Russell Westbrook now has the third most triple-doubles ever in an NBA season.

Russell Westbrook scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-105 victory over the New York Knicks.

Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career.

Kiwi big man Steven Adams chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds to help the Thunder snap a two-game losing streak, leaving them in seventh place in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break.

"You want to have a good feeling, good taste in your mouth going into the break, and then make sure you come back ready to play," Westbrook  said.

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Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Cleveland's Kevin Love earlier in the night. Derrick Rose scored 25 and Courtney Lee added 16.

The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot 73 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead and led by 17 in the second before the Thunder rallied and took a 62-60 lead at halftime.

Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Victor Oladipo's three-pointer as time expired in the period put the Thunder ahead 88-80.

With about five minutes remaining, Westbrook caught Anthony on a pump fake before draining a three that put the Thunder up 105-94.

The league now takes a week off for this weekend's All-Star game, with the Thunder next in action against the Lakers on February 25. 

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