OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook taught rookie Michael Carter-Williams a swift and thorough lesson.
Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes to win the matchup of talented point guards and help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 125-92 on Tuesday night.
The three-time All Star finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists after blowing past Carter-Williams at will. Westbrook wrapped up his eighth career triple-double on a rebound with 4:55 left in the third quarter and left the game for good moments later.
"He made everybody better tonight," said teammate Kevin Durant, who led the Thunder with 42 points. "He was moving the basketball, he was aggressive to the rim. I think that's why everybody got open, because of his aggressiveness. He just set the tone for us."
Westbrook also offered verbal instruction after his pupil decided to talk trash during the third quarter. Turns out, Westbrook is pretty good at that, too.
"I like it," he said of Carter-Williams' talking. "It's good because that's how I play anyway. I compete, and that's what I like to do. He wants to compete as well."
James Anderson scored 20 for the 76ers, who lost their 15th in a row, their longest slide since a 15-game skid in 1994. Philadelphia shot just 34 percent.
Carter-Williams, among the favorites to win the Rookie of the Year award, finished with 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown wasn't amused by Carter-Williams' talking.
"It's always wise to go about your business without instigating an All-Star," Brown said. "I don't mind Michael being competitive, but how you go about that is always a challenge, and again, a learning curve."
Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson each scored 14 points and Perry Jones added 12 for the Thunder, who shot 57 percent from the field in their most lopsided victory of the season.
Westbrook had eight assists in the first 6:34 to help the Thunder take a 24-15 lead.
"I never go in looking to shoot first, pass first, rebound first," he said. "I just come in and play off instincts."
Westbrook got his 10th assist on a long bounce pass to Durant with 4:55 left in the second quarter. Westbrook finished the first half with 11 assists, a Thunder record for a half. He didn't score until he made a layup with 1:50 left in the first half. His second basket was a 29-foot 3-pointer.