Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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OKC rolls on somber night

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook just missed a triple double and the Thunder beat the Pelicans 121-95 Thursday, a day after Oklahoma City assistant and former New Orleans head coach Monty Williams' wife died.

Ingrid Williams was involved in a car crash Tuesday in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. A moment of silence was observed for her before the game. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to the Thunder to help new coach Billy Donovan.

Thunder star Kevin Durant was overcome with emotion as he reflected after the morning shootaround.

"Just love Coach Monty so much, man," Durant said. "I feel for him, man. It's somebody we all love."

"Everybody, I think, personally, is hurting for Monty and his family," Donovan said. "Just trying to have faith right now that Ingrid is in a better place."

Westbrook had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. Durant scored 23 and Serge Ibaka added 18 for the Thunder, which has won 14 of 16 heading into the All-Star break.

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday scored 23 each for the Pelicans.

Oklahoma City joined the Warriors and Spurs as the only teams with at least 40 wins.

The Thunder led 62-53 at halftime behind 18 points from Westbrook and 17 from Durant.

Westbrook got his 10th assist on Ibaka's 3 that gave the Thunder a 79-65 lead. He had his ninth rebound with just less than minutes left in the third quarter before heading to the bench for his usual rest and the Thunder ahead 86-68. Oklahoma City led 95-74 at the end of the third quarter.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Khris Middleton scored 27, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the host Bucks held off the Wizards 99-92. Middleton scored 14 in the final quarter, giving Washington trouble off the dribble and from the perimeter.

HOWARD ON THE BLOCK: The Rockets, struggling through a disappointing season, have started contacting teams about trading eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard, Yahoo Sports reported. Howard, 30, plans to exercise an opt-out in his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Former forward Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show. Odom's appearance marked the first time he had attended a public event since he was hospitalized in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system. Odom, who is estranged from Khloe Kardashian, had been moved from a Los Angeles hospital to a private facility in January. … Cavs forward LeBron James surprised Toronto school kids by giving them team uniforms, a giveaway sponsored by James' family foundation to thank the All-Star Game host city. … Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tore the labrum in his right shoulder for a second time, possibly ending his season. … Heat center Hassan Whiteside was suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of Spurs center Boban Marjanovic on Tuesday.

Thunder 121, Pelicans 95

NEW ORLEANS (95): Cunningham 2-4 2-2 6, Davis 8-14 7-12 23, Asik 1-1 0-0 2, Cole 5-13 4-4 15, Gee 2-5 0-0 4, Holiday 11-20 0-0 23, Anderson 2-12 0-0 4, Douglas 4-9 1-2 10, Ajinca 2-6 1-2 5, Babbitt 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 38-88 16-24 95.

OKLAHOMA CITY (121): Durant 10-17 0-0 23, Ibaka 7-15 3-3 18, Adams 2-2 4-4 8, Westbrook 8-14 5-6 23, Waiters 2-6 2-2 6, Payne 2-7 0-0 4, Kanter 3-6 5-8 11, Singler 2-4 0-0 6, Morrow 4-8 0-0 10, Collison 1-1 0-0 2, McGary 2-3 0-0 4, Novak 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 45-86 19-23 121.

New Orleans 25 28 21 21— 95

Oklahoma City 29 33 33 26— 121

3-Point GoalsNew Orleans 3-16 (Cole 1-3, Douglas 1-4, Holiday 1-4, Cunningham 0-1, Gee 0-1, Davis 0-1, Anderson 0-2), Oklahoma City 12-32 (Durant 3-8, Novak 2-3, Singler 2-3, Morrow 2-4, Westbrook 2-5, Ibaka 1-3, Kanter 0-1, Waiters 0-2, Payne 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew Orleans 41 (Cole, Anderson 5), Oklahoma City 62 (Kanter 12). AssistsNew Orleans 17 (Holiday, Cole 6), Oklahoma City 28 (Westbrook 10). Total FoulsNew Orleans 17, Oklahoma City 20. A18,203 (18,203).

Bucks 99, Wizards 92

WASHINGTON (92): Porter 6-15 1-2 14, Dudley 3-8 0-0 6, Gortat 7-13 0-0 14, Wall 5-19 2-2 15, Beal 6-15 5-5 19, Nene 4-8 6-6 14, Temple 1-2 1-3 3, Sessions 1-4 3-6 5, Oubre Jr. 1-3 0-0 2, Gooden 0-1 0-0 0, Blair 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-88 18-24 92.

MILWAUKEE (99): Antetokounmpo 6-16 4-5 17, Parker 7-11 3-6 17, Plumlee 2-2 0-1 4, Mayo 1-4 0-0 2, Middleton 9-17 8-9 27, Monroe 5-13 2-4 12, Carter-Williams 1-5 3-4 5, Bayless 3-10 0-0 7, Vaughn 2-4 3-3 8. Totals 36-82 23-32 99.

Washington 27 19 24 22— 92

Milwaukee 18 37 14 30— 99

3-Point GoalsWashington 6-32 (Wall 3-12, Beal 2-6, Porter 1-5, Oubre Jr. 0-1, Temple 0-1, Gooden 0-1, Gortat 0-1, Sessions 0-2, Dudley 0-3), Milwaukee 4-14 (Antetokounmpo 1-2, Middleton 1-3, Vaughn 1-3, Bayless 1-4, Carter-Williams 0-1, Mayo 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 49 (Gortat 10), Milwaukee 66 (Antetokounmpo 13). AssistsWashington 25 (Wall 10), Milwaukee 24 (Middleton 9). Total FoulsWashington 24, Milwaukee 19. TechnicalsMonroe. Flagrant Fouls—Mayo. A14,172 (18,717).

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