Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to 119-117 triple-overtime win over Sixers

Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to 119-117 triple-overtime win over Sixers

When the Thunder came out of the three overtimes of pure madness the winners, Westbrook made sure to wave goodbye to Embiid.

The game was full of statistical nuggets that would be intriguing even if standing alone.

The Kiwi centre was on court for 51 minutes in the marathon encounter, and was involved in the thick of things as the clash proved to be one of the best games so far this National Basketball Association season. The Thunder point guard missed both of his foul shots. George had a last-second look at a three to win, but he couldn't sink the 32-footer.

Joel Embiid had another strong showing for the Sixers with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

He did, unfortunately, finish with a game-high seven turnovers, contributing to the Sixers' 20 for the game, four less from their 24 on Tuesday. Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Pistons withstood a late rally to beat the Pacers 104-98. The reigning MVP went for 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting, 17 rebounds and 12 assists to record his 35th triple-double of 2017, the most ever in a calendar year.

Ben Simmons had 12 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and four steals and Robert Covington ended with 11 points and 10 boards in the defeat.

After fight tooth and nail for the vast majority of the evening, fatigue ultimately set in for the Sixers, resulting in a 119-117 triple-overtime loss at Wells Fargo Center.

Russell Westbrook was in a Motown mood on Friday. Paul George has 38.07 fantasy points per game. He may have reached a boiling point when the versatile big managed to draw a sixth and final personal foul on Thunder center Steven Adams. Alex Abrines accounted for 14 points and four rebounds.

Roberson will start Friday night against the Sixers, according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan, but will be on a minutes restriction.

They played solid defense to force bad shots, and held their own against a surging Thunder team that had been on the incline rather than the decline.

There are still things the team obviously needs to work on going forward, but this game just showed the kind of basketball they are playing right now and the quality of teams they can play their hardest game-in and game-out. The 76ers had one more chance to win it with 1.2 seconds to go in the second OT but failed to convert.

The Sixers" schedule gets a little bit easier now, although now they know better not to take any team they play "lightly'. The 76ers enter this contest with a 4-6 record in their last 10 games and a 7-6 mark at home.

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