Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Thunder's Russell Westbrook to Joel Embiid: 'Go home'


Can the Oklahoma City Thunder solve the host Philadelphia 76ers tonight when they do battle at 7PM ET?

J.J. Redick added 26 points for the Sixers, but rookie sensation Ben Simmons managed seven points, eight assists and three rebounds while turning the ball over seven times. And with the Thunder struggling to find a rhythm with so many new players, any win should be celebrated - no matter how they get there.

"I told him, 'If you're open, I'll hit you again, '" Westbrook said, referring to the fact that Roberson missed a similar shot at the end of the second overtime.

For the season, Westbrook, who previous year became the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double, owns norms of 22.6 points, 9.9 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game.

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It would benefit Westbrook to try harder to get some of his new teammates shots, especially in crunch time.

The second overtime was a back-and-forth affair that found itself locked up at 111-111 with seconds remaining. Embiid returned to action Tuesday in Minnesota and did not appear to be hampered, finishing with 28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and a block in 39 minutes of action.

Raymond Felton had 14 points for the Thunder. Including this-Joel Embiid would play for almost 50 minutes-achy back and all.

"I'm happy the circus is over with", he told the Oklahoman afterward. Damian Lillard top-scored with 21 points.

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Westbrook had a triple-double in the game - 10 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists - but went 3-of-17 from the floor.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Felton and George pushed the Thunder's advantage to 90-81 with 7:16 left.

The Portland Trail Blazers survived a late fightback from the Orlando Magic to win 95-88.

Carmelo will want to be at full strength for that game because it is his first game back in NY. With 2:49 left in the third quarter Jerami Grant fouled Embiid and the big man started to fall backward and before he went down he clutched his lower back. The Thunder will have to be more balance going into future games.

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