OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook got another triple-double and as usual, the Thunder won.
Westbrook had his second consecutive triple-double to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 99-74 on Sunday. The explosive point guard finished with 13 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth triple-double of the season and the 24th of his career. The Thunder are 20-4 in Westbrook’s career when he gets a triple-double, and 5-0 this season.
"It just means that it’s great that we’re having good wins," Westbrook said. "We’re playing together as a team, moving in the right direction on both sides of the floor."
Thunder forward Kevin Durant said it’s a difference maker when Westbrook rebounds at that level.
"We know he can get his points and assists, but when he rebounds with us like that, it makes it easier for everybody," Durant said. "When he rebounds like that, we’re a different team."
Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Serge Ibaka scored 19 points and Dion Waiters added 18 for the Thunder, who became the third team to reach 30 wins this season.
Dwyane Wade, who sat out Friday against Denver with shoulder soreness, led the Heat with 22 points on his 34th birthday. Hassan Whiteside added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Heat.
It was the fewest points scored by the Heat this season and the fewest allowed by the Thunder.
"They did a good job defensively, not allowing us to have everything we wanted," Wade said. "They changed up their schemes a little bit. They’re a very long, athletic team. They’re not easy to score on when they’re locked in."
Oklahoma City led 44-42 at halftime behind 15 points and nine rebounds from Durant. Wade scored 18 points in the first half, the most he’s scored in the first half of a game this season.
Oklahoma City led 49-48 in the second half before going on an 8-0 run that included three baskets by Andre Roberson. After Miami scored, Durant, Ibaka and Westbrook hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 66-50, and the Thunder remained in control from there.
"We got stops, coach called some good plays and we made three threes in a row to bust it open," Durant said. "That’s like a backbreaker."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was disappointed in the way his team came out of the break.
"The first six or seven minutes of that third quarter were clearly not at the level that was needed to grind out and make it a possession game going down the stretch," he said.
During their four-game win streak, the Thunder have allowed 88 points per game on 41-per cent shooting overall and 29-per cent shooting from 3-point range.
Chris Andersen (sore left knee), Josh McRoberts (bruised right knee), Jarnell Stokes (illness), Goran Dragic (strained left calf) and Beno Udrih (neck) all sat out for Miami.
Chris Bosh, Miami’s leading scorer for the season, finished with 12 points on 5-for-16 shooting.
Wade, on the Heat going 2-4 on their Western Conference road trip, including losses to Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers: "We knew this road trip was going to be tough," he said. "We played three of the top four Western Conference teams. I’m not worried about it. The biggest thing is hopefully, we can get guys back on the floor."
Thunder: Kanter went 0 for 5 from the field in the first half and had three of his shots blocked. … The Thunder shot just 36 per cent in the first half. … Oklahoma City limited the Heat to three offensive rebounds before halftime and seven overall.
Heat: Tyler Johnson started at point guard. It was just the second-year player’s fourth career start. He finished with 16 points. … Miami’s reserves were was outscored 31-8 by their Heat counterparts. … Thunder coach Billy Donovan coached Miami’s Udonis Haslem at the University of Florida.
Heat: Host Bucks on Tuesday.
Thunder: At Nuggets on Tuesday.