Russell Westbrook moves past Larry Bird into 5th on triple-doubles list.
NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook made the right play at the right time again, swinging a pass to Victor Oladipo for an open 3-pointer that slammed the door on the Pelicans’ comeback attempt and completed a historically significant triple-double for the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.
Westbrook had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, passing Larry Bird with his 60th career triple-double, and the Thunder beat the Pelicans 114-105 on Wednesday night.
Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis left late in the second quarter after aggravating a right thigh injury that kept him out of New Orleans’ upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
The Pelicans trailed the Thunder by 12 when Davis left, and they went down by as many as 22 early in the third before rallying to as close as five points.
Steven Adams had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Enes Kanter 17 points and 11 boards for the Thunder, who outscored the Pelicans 62-54 inside, thanks in no small part to Westbrook’s distribution of the ball.