Russell Westbrook fell a rebound short of a triple-double, finishing with 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 124-109 victory over the Atlanta Hawks this afternoon.
Alex Abrines scored 21 points on seven three-pointers, Paul George had 20 points and Dennis Schroder added 18. Oklahoma City shot 52.3 per cent from the field, hitting a season-high 18 three-pointers.
Steven Adams scored six points, with 13 rebounds and three assists.
John Collins and Alex Len each scored 19 points for Atlanta, and Taurean Prince added 15.
Hawks guard Trae Young had nine points and eight assists on 4-for-15 shooting in his return to his home state.
Young was an All-American at Oklahoma last season, and he received a nice ovation during starting lineup introductions.
The Thunder took control in the second quarter by making 7 of 13 three-pointers to take a 66-46 lead at the break. George scored 19 points, and Westbrook had 15 in the first half.
The Hawks got it going in the third quarter and cut the deficit to 10 before Abrines answered with a three-pointer.
The Thunder pushed their advantage back out to 91-76 by the end of the period. Patrick Patterson hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth to bump Oklahoma City's lead back up to 20.