Westbrook’s Triple-Double Sends Thunder into 2nd Round
(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 120-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday, sending the Thunder to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Westbrook made 10 of 16 shots from the field and tied the franchise record for assists in a playoff game that was set in 1987 by Nate McMillan.
"I think he chose his spots very well tonight, getting everybody involved, rebounding the basketball," Thunder forward Kevin Durant said. "But when we needed a basket, he was aggressive enough to get to the rim and make his pull-up jump shot. He just played a full game tonight."
Durant added 33 points and hit all five of his 3-point attempts in the win.
The Grizzlies, who played without their leading-scorer Zach Randolph due to suspension, allowed the Thunder to shoot 61 percent from the field.
"What today showed was Z-Bo's worth," Memphis guard Tony Allen said. "Showed how much he was missing today. I truly believe had he not gotten suspended, we probably would've advanced. But big hats off to all the guys who tried to fill in for his missing work."
Despite being shorthanded, Memphis had an 11 point lead in the second quarter, but by halftime, the Thunder led by three and never trailed again.
Marc Gasol scored 24 points and Mike Conley added 20 points, nine assists and four steals in the loss.
The Thunder now advance to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. Game 1 is Monday night in Oklahoma City.
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