PHILADELPHIA, Sporting Alert – Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 119-117 in three overtimes at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.
Westbrook finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 15 assists to secure his 10th triple-double of the season. He made just 10 of his 33 shots from the field and 5 of 12 from the free throw line.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and seven rebounds and Paul George added 24 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Thunder (14-14), who blew a double-digit lead and needed extra periods to see off the home side, which rallied from a 17-point deficit.
Raymond Felton hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points and Steven Adams chipped in with 11 rebounds before fouling out for Oklahoma City, which won two straight.
Joel Embiid, who was bothered by an achy back, led Philadelphia with a game-high 34 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists, but also had seven turnovers.
JJ Redick scored 19 points, Dario Saric added 16 and Jerryd Bayless made 4-for-6 from 3-point attempt for the 76ers (14-14), who also dropped to .500 on the season.
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.
Five Sixers players played 48 or more minutes, while four Thunder players played at least 45 minutes, with Westbrook leading the way with 52 minutes.
Andre Roberson, who played 33 points, had just four points, but managed to score the winner with 10 seconds.
The teams finished 94-94 at the end of regulation, before scoring 102 apiece at the end of the first overtime period.
Westbrook then scored 10 points in the second and third overtime periods to setup the win for Oklahoma City, which shot 42 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-pointers.
Philadelphia shot 44 percent from the floor, but was only 13-for-46 from long-range.
The 76ers won the rebounding battle 43-42 and out-assisted the Thunder 35-28.
The Thunder will visit the New York Knicks on Saturday.
Philadelphia 76ers are at the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.