PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 27 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
It was the first win for the Thunder (6-13) with stars Kevin Durant and Westbrook healthy and back in the lineup together.
Durant, the NBA’s reigning MVP, had 10 points while playing in his second game after missing the first 17 with a fractured right foot. After scoring 27 points on 9-for-18 shooting in his return to the court in Tuesday’s 112-104 loss at New Orleans, Durant was in jeopardy of reaching double-figures in scoring for the first time since 2009 before scoring on a layup with 2:41 remaining.
Westbrook, playing in his third game after returning from a broken hand, made 8 of 14 shots.
Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and Jeremy Lamb added 15 for the Thunder, who won their 11th straight against Philadelphia.
Robert Covington had 21 points and Michael Carter-Williams contributed 16 points and 14 assists for the 76ers (1-17), who were playing their first game since avoiding equaling the NBA record for losses to start a season with Wednesday’s 85-77 victory at Minnesota.
The Thunder broke the game open with a 13-3 run to start the second half, capped by Ibaka’s 3-pointer that made it 70-50 with 8:17 left in the third quarter. Ibaka rebounded from scoring a season-low six points on Tuesday.
Philadelphia got as close as seven, 93-86, on Luc Mbah a Moute’s layup with 3:12 left, but the Thunder scored eight straight to go in front 101-86 with 1:37 left and put the game out of reach.
Westbrook looked great in the first half when he scored 14 points to help Oklahoma City take a 57-47 lead at the break.
Durant opened the scoring, draining a 3-pointer 21 seconds into the game. But he missed his three other shots in the first half and finished with five points in 15 minutes. He finished 3 for 11 from the field.
Thunder: Oklahoma City improved to 2-8 on the road. The other win was a 109-84 victory at Boston on Nov. 12. … Durant last scored under 10 points on Feb. 27, 2009 when he had six points in a 110-108 loss at Dallas.
76ers: Tony Wroten, who leads Philadelphia in scoring (17.9 ppg), missed his fourth straight game with a right knee injury. Alexey Shved (hip) was out for the second consecutive game. . Philadelphia signed G Malcolm Lee from the Delaware 87ers, its D-League affiliate and waived Drew Gordon.
Philadelphia plays at Detroit Saturday.
The Thunder play at Detroit on Sunday.
The 76ers held a ceremony to dedicate a stamp depicting Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain during halftime.
The Wilt Chamberlain Limited Edition Forever stamps, featuring the “Big Dipper” in poses with the Philadelphia Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers, became available on Friday morning. Chamberlain is the first NBA player to appear on a U.S. postage stamp.
His stamps are just over two inches tall, or a third to twice the size of a typical commemorative stamp, according to the United States Postal Service. The word “Wilt” is on the corner of each stamp.
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