VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Betting Tools

Thunder rolls past Bobcats, 116-99

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Russell Westbrook had 26 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder past the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 Sunday night.

Durant made just 8 of 24 field goals, but sank all 12 of his free throws.

Westbrook was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. Reggie Jackson scored 17 points and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won its second straight after losing its first three games following the All-Star break. Oklahoma City outrebounded the Bobcats 44-29.

Al Jefferson scored 25 points and Anthony Tolliver added 17 for the Bobcats, who had won four straight before losses to San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

Westbrook scored 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the first half to help the Thunder take a 61-55 lead at the break. Jefferson had 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting. The Bobcats shot 54 percent in the first half, but were outrebounded 20-13.

The Bobcats started off hot in the second half. A 3-point play by Gerald Henderson trimmed Oklahoma City's lead to 61-60. The Thunder responded with a 6-0 run, including two putback baskets by Steven Adams, to take a 67-60 lead.

Westbrook showed some of his famed explosiveness after a steal. He drove down court, then extended his right arm and elevated for a powerful one-handed throwdown to give the Thunder a 77-67 lead.

The Bobcats hung tough and trailed just 85-81 at the end of the third quarter. Charlotte cut the deficit to 86-84 early in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder responded with an 8-2 run. A perfectly executed pick-and-roll ended with Durant scoring on a pass from Westbrook, and Ibaka scored on the next possession to give the Thunder a 104-92 lead and put the game out of reach.

NOTES: Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti announced before the game that Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha would miss four to six weeks with a left calf strain. Sefolosha left Friday's game against Memphis in the first half and didn't return. ... Several Oklahoma City players, including Durant and Westbrook, traveled to Stillwater, Okla., Saturday night to watch Oklahoma State upset No. 5 Kansas. ... Presti said new acquisition Caron Butler will be with the team Monday after the Thunder signed him Saturday. ... Durant was called for a technical foul in the first quarter after being whistled for a carry and disagreeing with the call.


Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter:

Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

Heat top Nuggets in wild 2 OT game
Griffin's big third helps Pistons top Kings
Crabbe, LeVert lead Nets over Grizzlies
LeBron gets triple-double, Cavs top Bucks
THJ, Beasley lead Knicks past injured Bulls
Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Lakers
Lue taking leave from Cavs for health
Butler targeting return to Timberwolves
NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry
Why Buy Picks From
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
8-1 L7 Days, 9-1 L10 Guarantees
5-0 L5, 12-3 Streak, 6-0 G-Plays
6-1 Picks, 27-13 G-Plays, +2,199
6-2 Last Night, +4,354 This Year
18-5 Picks, 16-5 GPlays, 10-1 Totals
5-1 L6, 30-15 Run, 7-1 G-Plays
2-0 LN, +2,285 G-Plays, +2,523 TY
3-0 L2 Days, 4-0 Totals, 4-1 GPlays
15-5 L20 Over/Under Plays
3 NBA Wins in a Row
3-1 L4 Guaranteed Plays
4-1 L5 NBA Selections
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 4354
Alex Smart + 2523
Kevin Rogers + 2199
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 724
Micah Roberts + 693
Jim Feist + 400
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Joe Nelson 58 %
Kevin Rogers 56 %
Alex Smart 56 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 2311
Alex Smart + 2285
Antony Dinero + 2013
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3073
The Gold Sheet + 631
Doc's Sports + 623
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1555
Bruce Marshall + 1077
Vince Akins + 570
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership