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