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Steven Adams denies Cavaliers rookie with huge swat as Thunder outclass Cleveland

Russell Westbrook moved into a tie for third place on the NBA list for triple-doubles with 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder completed a regular-season sweep of the short-handed Cleveland Cavaliers with a 100-83 victory today.

Westbrook's triple-double was his third this season — all in the last four games — and the 107th of his career, matching Jason Kidd and trailing only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).

Kidd took 1,247 games to reach 107, while Westbrook needed only 760.

The 19 rebounds were one off Westbrook's career high, set in last season's finale against Memphis.

Jerami Grant added 21 points, one shy of his career best, on 8-of-12 shooting for the Thunder, who have won 13 of 16 after an 0-4 start.

Steven Adams scored six-points for the Thunder, with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Jordan Clarkson led Cleveland with 25 points, while Collin Sexton (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Cedi Osman (14 points, 10 rebounds) each had a double-double.

The Cavaliers agreed to trade Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz after the team had arrived at Chesapeake Energy Arena, leaving them with only nine players in uniform. Eight of them got into the game.

Oklahoma City trailed 55-51 in the third quarter when Westbrook started a 13-0 run with a three-pointer.

He capped it by assisting on a dunk by Grant with 5:36 left in the period that completed the triple-double and put the Thunder up 64-55.

By the end of the quarter, the Thunder led 73-62 and the Cavaliers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Cleveland took advantage of early offensive sloppiness by the Thunder to twice go up by 11 points, the latter time at 38-27 after a three-pointer by Osman with 7:01 left in the second quarter.

Oklahoma City used a 20-6 run to get back in the game, which was tied 47-all at halftime.


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