Steven Adams injured again as Oklahoma City Thunder topple Sacramento Kings

Annette Crawford
March 13, 2018

Russell Westbrook scored 17 points and claimed his 20th triple-double of the season to help the Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 106-101 on Monday night.

Westbrook dropped in 17 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 11 assists for his 20th triple-dip of the season.

Steven Adams is getting banged from pillar to post as the Oklahoma City Thunder look to secure their spot in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

As a result, the side have jumped into the fourth seed in the Western Conference.

Adams played just 23 minutes against the Kings before leaving the game in the third quarter with what the Thunder described as a hip contusion.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Garrett Temple and Justin Jackson each added 15 for the Kings.

By the end of the third quarter a once eight-point OKC lead had turned into a one-point deficit.

Of the Thunder's final 13 games of the regular season, 11 will be against playoff teams or teams contending for the playoffs.

The Thunder led 88-85 in the fourth quarter when Westbrook checked back in after a brief rest. The Thunder made 16 of 36 3-pointers, 11 of them from Paul George, Carmelo and Russell Westbrook, a trio recently troubled by the triple.

The New Zealander finished with six points (3/5 FG), six rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocked shots and, most importantly, the Thunder were able to secure a much-needed third straight victory after falling behind 79-78 at the three-quarter mark.

With the match against the Kings being the first night of a back-to-back, the Thunder would have little time to prepare for their next match - away to the Atlanta Hawks.

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