OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had another triple-double in his return to Oklahoma City, and the Washington Wizards beat the Thunder 129-109 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.
Westbrook finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists — his fourth straight triple-double and his 14th in 16 games.
It was just the kind of night he routinely had during his 11 seasons with the Thunder. He was league MVP in 2017 and was a two-time scoring champion and perennial All-Star in Oklahoma City before the team traded him two seasons ago.
It was a strange night for him though. When he visited as a Houston Rocket last season, the Oklahoma City crowd cheered him loudly before and after the game. The Thunder aren’t allowing fans this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That was definitely different,” Westbrook said. “That was different, especially for me. Coming here, being so silent … I’m pretty sure it’s probably different for those guys too.”
Westbrook still found a way to interact — he gave his shoes to a Thunder employee after the game.
Bradley Beal added 33 points for the Wizards. He entered the night just behind Golden State’s Stephen Curry for the league scoring lead.
Beal said his chemistry with Westbrook has improved throughout the season.
“It’s been fantastic since day one,” Beal said. “We’ve both accepted each other. We both respect each other’s game. And I feel like he just makes us a better team. He continues to uplift his teammates and he challenges himself.”
Westbrook now has 174 triple-doubles in his career and is closing in on Oscar Robertson’s career record of 181. He has 28 triple-doubles this season.
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