Oklahoma City Thunder turns to Russell Westbrook when it needs a spark

OKC Thunder Center Steven Adams

The Thunder have not played any worldwide regular-season games in the Oklahoma City era, but they played a preseason game in Manchester, England, in 2013. These games will comprise the 25th-anniversary celebration of its first exhibition game in Mexico in 1992 and the 20th anniversary of its first regular-season game, dating back to December 6, 1987.

He played conductor brilliantly in the fourth quarter against the Jazz, but when the Thunder was playing poorly (himself included), he provided a spark through a lineup straight out of his MVP season.

Over 37.1 minutes, George has averaged 20.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals a game. Oklahoma City is 2-9 on the road and enters its visit to Mexico on a seven-game road losing streak since beating the Milwaukee Bucks on October 31.

The Nets seemed destined for another collapse, but responded with a 13-2 run of their own, capped by Jarrett Allen's dunk off a LeVert feed for an 84-81 lead they never surrendered. Dinwiddie was fouled but missed the free throw and a chance at a four-point play.

News of the Okafor trade broke in the middle of the afternoon. It was mutual respect. "They have a bunch of superstars, so they might have more fans than us there. I can't imagine two guys [including Kilpatrick] handling it with more class".

George is dealing with a right calf bruise.

However, this clearly points to the NBA's growing interest in expansion.

Westbrook finished with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds to register his seventh triple-double of the season. Shot 60 percent in the third quarter.

That's when Brooklyn coughed up a 9-0 run, with Raymond Felton's 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the period sinking them into a 79-71 hole. He scored 11 points in the quarter.

Greg Logan has worked for Newsday since 1982 covering a wide array of sports and events, now including the Brooklyn Nets beat.

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