Russell Westbrook came one assist away from a triple double and had 32 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-97 season opening win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night, October 26, at the Wells Fargo Center.
OKC was tied with the 76ers at 95 with just over a minute to play when Westbrook hit a jumper to give the Thunder the lead.
After Philadelphia tied it at 97, Westbrook hit two free throws to put OKC back up 99-97.
The 76ers had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Andre Roberson blocked a shot by Gerald Henderson, to start a fast break.
Victor Oladipo missed a layup, but Enes Kanter got the rebound and putback to essentially seal the win, putting OKC up four with 10 seconds to play.
Westbrook had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists.
Kanter had a double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Two other Thunder players scored in double figures, with Steven Adams scoring 16 points and Oladipo 10.
The Thunder outrebounded the 76ers by 10 and committed just 10 turnovers.
The Thunder have won 15 in a row over the 76ers and 8 in a row against them in Philadelphia.
OKC plays its home opener Friday night, October 28, at 7:00 at Chesapeake Arena against Phoenix.