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Russell Westbrook earns 14th triple-double; Thunder get road win vs. Celtics

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Russell Westbrook (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr)

Russell Westbrook was at it again Friday night earning his 14th triple-double of the season. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Boston Celtics for a big 117-112 road victory led by Westbrook’s 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Westbrook also shot an efficient 13-of-25 shots from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. This was Westbrook’s 14th triple-double of the season.

The 45-point output was even more impressive as the star point guard did make a basket in the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second.

Westbrook got support from the OKC bigs

Thunder big man Domantas Sabonis played a career game scoring-wise dropping 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Enes Kanter helped out off the bench with his own 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

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The Celtics defense did not play up to par in this one with the Thunder shooting 51.3% overall as a team and 42.3% from the three-point area.

The Thunder appeared in control in the final quarter when they got the 88-79 lead. But the home team made a major run and tied the game at 96-96 midway through the fourth.

Boston even had a 104-100 advantage with over three minutes to go but Westbrook and the Thunder had one final rally.

Westbrook took over and the game ended on 15-3 run for the Thunder, which have won back-to-back games after losing three of their previous four games.

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The Celtics had a four-game winning streak snapped. Isaiah Thomas finished with 34 points and 11 assists and Al Horford had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss. Amir Johnson added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Boston takes on East rivals New York Knicks in their next game while the Thunder face the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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