'You can't teach that!' Gritty Steven Adams outmuscles Aussie big men for huge play as Thunder pip Melbourne

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has played a pivotal role in the Oklahoma City Thunder's narrow win over Melbourne United, using his physical dominance to secure both baskets and rebounds at crucial times in the 86-85 win.

Adams notched a double-double late in the game at Cheasapeake Arena in Oklahoma City to finish the exhibition game with 12 points and a game-leading 10 rebounds.

The 24-year-old terrorised his Aussie rivals around the rim, amassing an unprecedented six offensive rebounds to go along with two blocks at the other end.

New star imports Paul George and Carmelo Anthony also played key roles with the pair adding 22 and 19 points each respectively.

Franchise cornerstone Russell Westbrook had a quieter outing, notching nine points, five rebounds and seven assists in his first full game of the pre-season.

Melbourne had a chance to win the game with the final possession of the match but a pair of clutch blocks in the final five seconds by role player Josh Huestis ensured OKC came away with the win.

The Thunder play one more pre-season game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at 2pm NZT before opening their season against the New York Knicks next Friday.


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Watch: 'The old 1981' – Steven Adams explains disgraceful underarm incident to OKC teammates

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has sparked up some Trans-Tasman trash talk ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's preseason friendly against the NBL’s Melbourne United today.

Adams is using Trevor Chappell's infamous underarm incident against the Black Caps as fuel to motivate his team.

"I was trying to explain to the boys – trying to rally up the troops," Adams said.

"So I told them the history – the old 1981."

The Kiwi centre had interviewers in stitches yet again after Russell Westbrook’s game-winning left-handed dunk on the Rockets. Source: @royceyoung / Twitter

It comes a day after Thunder icon Russell Westbrook declared OKC was "Team NZ".

When asked by media yesterday what he expects from Melbourne in tonight’s game, Westbrook responded with a very honest and hilarious answer.

"I ain't expecting s**t," said Westbrook.

"I'm rolling with Stevo (Adams).

"I'm New Zealand, team New Zealand over here, just so you know."

The game is the second of three friendlies being contested between NBA and NBL teams.


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Watch: 'I'm team NZ over here' - NBA star Russell Westbrook throws his support behind Steven Adams

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has thrown his support behind his Kiwi teammate Steven Adams saying he supports, "team New Zealand".

The NBA side will take on Melbourne United in a friendly match tomorrow morning in the United States.

When asked by media earlier today what he expects from the Australian team, Westbrook responded with a very honest and hilarious answer.

"I ain't expecting s**t," said Westbrook.

"I'm rolling with Stevo (Adams).

"I'm New Zealand, team New Zealand over here, just so you know."


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