Russell Westbrook powered Thunder to win with his passing

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 26, 2013
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In 13 games with the 66ers, Lamb is averaging 22.8 points — ranking first among D-League players who have played at least seven games — 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 35.3 minutes. He's shooting 46.4 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 91.5 percent from the free-throw line.

DURANT RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE SINCE DECEMBER

It took 19 games and more than a month. But Kevin Durant on Friday finally registered another double-double.

Durant scored 24 points with a game-high 11 rebounds in the Thunder's 10-point win at Sacramento. It was his first double-double since Dec. 19, when he scored 41 points with 13 rebounds in a win at Atlanta.

Durant started the season by recording six double-doubles in his first 11 games.

Friday was just his eighth of the season.

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Sacramento coach Keith Smart on Durant's 24-point game Friday against the Kings — “If he only has 24 points, then you slowed him down a little bit.”

TIP-INS

Sunday's game will be the third of four meetings between the Thunder and Lakers. The two teams will meet for the final time on March 5 in Oklahoma City. … Durant scored 42 points against the Lakers inside Staples Center on Jan. 11. Westbrook had 27 points and 10 assists. … The Lakers were without center Dwight Howard and power forward Pau Gasol in the last meeting. Both are expected to play Sunday. … Oklahoma City is a conference-best 22-5 against Western Conference opponents. … The Thunder is 15-0 when it shoots at least 50 percent and 14-1 when five players score at least 10 points.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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