Steven Adams stars with double-double in OKC's fifth successive NBA victory
Sometimes Russell Westbrook needs a little help. Big Kiwi Steven Adams provided it on Sunday (NZT) as the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their NBA-best win streak to five.
The 23-year-old New Zealander was named OKC's player of the game as the Thunder thumped the Sacramento Kings 110-94 at home to improve to 40-29, and 26-9 at home. They now own fifth spot in the West, behind the 43-26 Utah Jazz who are fourth.
Adams racked up his 14th season double-double as he finished with 16 points (6/7 FG, 4/6 FT), 13 rebounds (four off the offensive glass), three assists and a pair of steals in 35 high-quality minutes.
Westbrook came up just short of a fifth straight triple-double for the Thunder, but the MVP candidate point guard still stamped his influence all over the game with 28 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and four steals. He shot nine of 20 from the floor and four of nine from deep in a nicely paced effort.
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With 34 triple-doubles for the season, Westbrook requires seven more in OKC's final 13 games to tie Oscar Robertson for the NBA single-season record, set in the 1961-62 season. He is also on pace to become just the second player since Robertson to average a triple-double for the season.
The other big plus for OKC was Doug McDermott's Thunder-high 21 points off the bench as he found "McBuckets" mode, making eight of his nine shots and four of five from beyond the arc, asw ell as collecting five boards.
Adams' 'Stache Brother' Enes Kanter continued his solid form line with 14 points off the bench on five-of-10 shooting, including one bucket off a slick no-look pass from his Kiwi compadre.
The Thunder's next outing is a home clash against the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors on Tuesday (NZT).