Charlotte Hornets

Russell Westbrook just misses triple-double in Thunder’s win over Hornets

Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, right, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, drives on Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook Friday night. Westbrook scored 30 points and the Thunder won 109-104.
Charlotte Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky, right, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, drives on Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook Friday night. Westbrook scored 30 points and the Thunder won 109-104. AP

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off a late rally by Charlotte to win 109-104 on Friday night, completing a regular-season sweep of the Hornets.

Dennis Schroder – paired with Westbrook in the starting lineup for the first time this season – scored 23 points and Paul George added 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of its last 14 games after an 0-4 start.

Kemba Walker had 25 points and eight assists for Charlotte, but the NBA’s leader in made 3-pointers went 2 of 10 from behind the arc. With the Hornets down 105-104, he drove and passed to Marvin Williams, who missed a 2-point jumper from the corner. Westbrook rebounded and hit two free throws with 11.2 seconds left.

Walker missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 2.4 seconds left and Westbrook again rebounded and hit two free throws to seal the win for the Thunder.

Charlotte rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to close within 93-92 on a put-back by Jeremy Lamb with 5:38 left and was within 97-95 after Walker hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 left. Westbrook answered with a three-point play and Oklahoma City pushed its lead to six points before Williams hit a 3-pointer with 37.1 seconds left to pull Charlotte within 105-104.

Westbrook threw the ball away with 20.5 seconds left, giving the Hornets a chance to take the lead.

Lamb scored 18 points for Charlotte.

The Thunder took the lead for good at 53-51 on a three-point play by Burton with 4:49 left in the first half and a 3-pointer by Westbrook in the final minute gave Oklahoma City a 62-57 advantage at halftime. The Thunder led 89-80 entering the fourth quarter.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Reserve guard Tony Parker missed the game with bruised ribs. Coach James Borrego said Parker was day-to-day. ...Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist missed his fifth straight game with a right ankle sprain. ... Frank Kaminsky recorded a season scoring high for the second straight game, finishing with 12 points after scoring 11 against Indiana on Wednesday. ...Williams’ 10 points gave him 10,002 for his career. ...Lamb tied his career high for made free throws, going 8 for 8.

Thunder: Coach Billy Donovan said guard Terrance Ferguson, who sprained his left ankle in a win Wednesday at Golden State, will be reevaluated in 10 to 12 days. ...The Thunder said Thursday rookie guard Hamidou Diallo, who also sprained his left ankle during that game, would be reevaluated in seven to 10 days. ...Two-way player Deonte Burton scored a career-high 11 points

UP NEXT

Hornets: Wrap up a two-game road swing on Sunday at Atlanta.

Thunder: Continue a four-game homestand on Saturday against Denver.

THUNDER 109, HORNETS 104

Charlotte

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

Batum

31:04

4-7

0-0

9

1

9

Williams

30:35

4-8

0-0

6

3

10

Zeller

26:06

5-9

0-0

4

5

10

Lamb

35:50

5-15

8-8

5

2

18

Walker

38:04

10-23

3-4

2

2

25

Bacon

20:48

5-11

1-2

2

2

11

Bridges

19:52

2-6

0-0

7

1

4

Graham

19:04

2-6

0-0

3

2

5

Kaminsky

18:37

6-9

0-0

8

3

12

Totals

240:00

43-94

12-14

46

21

104

Percentages: FG .457, FT .857. 3-Point Goals: 6-31, .194 (Williams 2-6, Walker 2-10, Batum 1-4, Graham 1-5, Kaminsky 0-2, Lamb 0-4). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Kaminsky 2, Lamb, Walker, Zeller). Turnovers: 13 (Walker 6, Batum 2, Lamb 2, Graham, Kaminsky, Zeller). Steals: 8 (Lamb 2, Walker 2, Bridges, Graham, Kaminsky, Williams).

Oklahoma City

Min

FG-A

FT-A

R

F

Pt

George

37:21

8-21

0-0

7

1

19

Grant

35:09

4-7

1-2

6

0

11

Adams

37:21

5-11

3-7

8

3

13

Schroder

31:46

9-19

1-1

5

1

23

Westbrook

34:42

10-18

9-11

12

3

30

Burton

21:15

4-8

2-3

2

2

11

Patterson

12:51

0-3

0-0

1

0

0

Noel

10:39

1-2

0-0

3

2

2

Luwawu-Cabarrot

6:51

0-1

0-0

0

2

0

Abrines

6:46

0-1

0-0

0

4

0

Felton

5:19

0-2

0-0

2

0

0

Totals

240:00

41-93

16-24

46

18

109

Percentages: FG .441, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 11-33, .333 (Schroder 4-8, George 3-10, Grant 2-4, Burton 1-3, Westbrook 1-4, Abrines 0-1, Luwawu-Cabarrot 0-1, Patterson 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 14 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Adams, George). Turnovers: 14 (Westbrook 4, George 3, Schroder 3, Adams, Felton, Luwawu-Cabarrot, Noel). Steals: 6 (George 2, Westbrook 2, Adams, Grant).

Charlotte

31

26

23

24

104

Oklahoma City

33

29

27

20

109

Att.—18,203 (18,203). T—2:12.

Officials—Ray Acosta, Tre Maddox,

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