No difference facing Durant: Westbrook

Russell Westbrook (right) celebrating after Victor Oladipo scores a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook had 35 points in the unbeaten Oklahoma City Thunder's 85-83 win and will face former team-mate Kevin Durant and the Warriors next.
Russell Westbrook (right) celebrating after Victor Oladipo scores a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook had 35 points in the unbeaten Oklahoma City Thunder's 85-83 win and will face former team-mate Kevin Durant and the Warriors next.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Russell Westbrook said he will treat facing former team-mate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors this morning (Singapore time) just like any other National Basketball Association game on the Oklahoma City Thunder's schedule.

"I play every game like it's my last," said the guard. "Regardless of who we play, I'm going to play the same way."

Westbrook on Wednesday played again much like he had the three previous games. He scored 35 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out five assists, leading the Thunder to an 85-83 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Centre.

He was the lone Thunder player to score in double digits. Although he committed 10 of the team's 22 turnovers, he also converted 14 of 30 shots but missed all seven of his three-point attempts for the Thunder (4-0), the only unbeaten Western Conference team.

The win sets up what is expected to be a carnival-like atmosphere at the Oracle Arena.

"We know it's going to be a great, great environment," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Against the Clippers, the Thunder got clutch buckets by Westbrook and a late three-pointer by Domantas Sabonis to prevail. "We did a good job of being smart," said Westbrook, who also had three steals.

"I thought we did a good job of making them shoot tough shots, rebounded the basketball and it showed."

Chris Paul finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals for the Clippers (3-1). Blake Griffin added 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Marreese Speights also scored 14.

"It was such a frustrating game, playing so poorly, myself just playing so badly," said Griffin, who made only seven of 21 shots from the floor.

Oklahoma City outshot Los Angeles 40.5 per cent to 39.1 per cent.

"It was awful," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the loss. "We were not very good offensively. I thought we really didn't trust our stuff tonight as a group. I thought everyone was trying to attack.

"It was our first 'game that had a lot of meaning' and we failed that test tonight."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2016, with the headline 'No difference facing Durant: Westbrook'. Print Edition | Subscribe