Russell Westbrook didn’t think the Oklahoma City Thunder were aggressive enough in the last meeting with the Charlotte Hornets.
The NBA’s reigning MVP made sure that didn’t happen again Saturday.
“We hit first,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook had 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and the Thunder beat the Hornets 101-91 to snap a three-game losing streak.
Paul George added 17 points, Steven Adams had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and the Thunder avenged a 116-103 loss to the Hornets earlier this season in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder trailed by three entering the fourth quarter, but their bench helped open a double-digit lead as Charlotte shot 5 of 21 from the field over the final 12 minutes. The Thunder attempted 97 shots as they dominated the offensive glass with 20 second-chance points.
Oklahoma City’s length on defense bothered the Hornets all night, particularly late in the game.
Charlotte scored just 32 points in the second half.