NBA Roundup: Westbrook leads Thunder past 76ers

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Interestingly, it was Grant who closed out crunch time with the starters, as Donovan used a Westbrook-George-Melo-Grant-Adams lineup down the stretch.

About as expected. Johnson was solid on defense, grabbed five rebounds and blocked one shot. Anthony scored point No. 25,000 on a third quarter free throw on the road against the Detroit Pistons. And they destroyed a San Antonio Spurs team minus Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginobili and Rudy Gay.

Westbrook was reminding everyone around him of the message. In the end, the Sixers just didn't have enough juice and dropped their second game in a row, losing 107-95 to the Bucks. He finished around the rim.

Westbrook led all scorers with 37 points, and after the win, he was asked about the "high-energy" nature of the team's two meetings. "And that's my job, to make sure the pace stays high". Boban Marjanovic scored 14 points and Luke Kennard added 11 points.

"I'm not going up there". He wasted little time making an impact, as his 13 points in the first marked the fourth time in five games he scored in double figures in the opening quarter.

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Of course, he didn't drive the pace up on his own.

Russell Westbrook discusses how he is finding his groove, the competitive history between the 76ers and Thunder, and Paul George participating in the All-Star Game after DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending injury.

It's what they do.

"But", he said, eyes blinking fast, "Oklahoma City, 2-0". Dario Saric (16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals) has been fantastic for the 76ers while Steven Adams (15.4 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals) has made solid contributions to the Thunder.

"It's a concern, but we have to trust that the doctors and everybody is going to have the best game plan for him going forward and it's always about him going forward, not about us going forward", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Monday via The Washington Post. "Had a lot of great rotations, scramble situations".

In December, the two teams got a bit heated with each other during a marathon, triple-overtime game won by the Thunder. They are now tied in the loss column with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are currently fourth in the West.

Their big lead and certain players being in foul trouble allowed Donovan to give his bench an extended run, but it would last as Detroit made a run and brought the lead back to single digits.

They've dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers in recent days.

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