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NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at Oklahoma City



(Sunday, November 3rd)

Final Score: Oklahoma City 103, Phoenix 96

Oklahoma City, OK (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Westbrook returned to the Oklahoma City lineup after missing the entire preseason and the first two games of the regular season and led the Thunder to a 103-96 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee in Game 2 of the Thunder's first round playoff series with Houston a year ago. He underwent a pair of surgeries and was expected to miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the regular season, but team doctors cleared him to play prior to Sunday's tilt with Phoenix.

The young Thunder star looked explosive in his return, tallying 21 points and seven assists. Westbrook also hit 11-of-14 from the foul line, including four in the final moments to seal the win for OKC.

"I could be better but that's all right. That's expected. I'm not expected to come back and be bionic man. I'm just going to work my way through it," Westbrook said.

Kevin Durant dropped a game-high 33 points with 10 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson, Westbrook's replacement at point guard for the first two games, added 10 points and five helpers off the bench.

Eric Bledsoe played 40 minutes and went for 26 points and a career-high 14 assists to lead Phoenix, which lost point guard Goran Dragic to a sprained ankle early in the third.

Gerald Green and Channing Frye netted 21 and 19 points, respectively, as the Suns lost for the first time this season.

"Our guys fought hard and that's a good team and we had a chance to win on their court," Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek said.

OKC trailed 79-73 after a Bledsoe triple when Durant sparked an 8-0 OKC surge, which included transition layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson that brought the crowd to its feet and forced a Suns' timeout.

Durant then hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Westbrook darted through the lane and dumped off a pass to Serge Ibaka, who converted the layup plus a foul and just like that, the Thunder had a 90-85 advantage.

The Suns trailed by eight with less than two to play when P.J. Tucker drilled a corner 3 and Frye hit a turnaround jumper from the elbow to pull Phoenix within three. The visitors forced a stop but committed a costly turnover as Derek Fisher deflected a Frye pass and fell out-of-bounds saving it to Jackson. Durant tipped home Westbrook's miss at the other end for a five-point margin with 32 seconds left.

Green stepped into a 3 out of the timeout to pull the Suns within 97-95 but Westbrook made four straight at the line to ice it for OKC.

The Suns led 45-44 following an even first half in which neither team led by more than seven. Phoenix made six shots from behind the arc in the opening 24 minutes while OKC shot just 1-of-12.

Game Notes

Ibaka had 10 rebounds ... Dragic had 10 points before exiting ... Green shot 5-of-10 from 3-point range ... The Suns visit New Orleans on Tuesday looking to stay above .500 while Oklahoma City hosts Dallas on Wednesday.

11/04 02:03:57 ET

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Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
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y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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