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nd spot – going up again

Messaggiodi wanglei » mar gen 16, 2018 05:54

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After a six-month layoff, Russell Westbrook looked a lot like his old self. The All-Star point guard had 21 points and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder, despite shooting 2 of 18 from 3-point range, beat the Phoenix Suns 103-96 on Sunday night. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, who won their fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix (2-1) for the 11th straight time. The Suns last beat Oklahoma City (2-1) in December 2010. Westbrook, sidelined after first tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of the NBA playoffs, then having a medical setback, returned three to five weeks ahead of the teams previously announced timetable. He said before the game he never thought it would take him that long to come back. After the game he said he felt a little rusty but seemed satisfied with his effort. "I just missed some easy ones but that will come," Westbrook said. "Im able to do what I want. I could be better but thats all right. Thats expected. Im not expected to come back and be bionic man. Im just going to work my way through it." Thunder coach Scott Brooks came away impressed with Westbrooks outing. "There are two things that (Westbrook) does at a high level," Brooks said. "He wins. Hes a winner. The guy plays the game like its supposed to be played. Its not always going to be perfect but he plays with everything he has every single night. To me thats inspiring. The second thing is leadership. Its taken him some time to get that . Now he is our leader." Brooks wasnt as glowing about the teams shooting. "Obviously, weve got to shoot the ball much better," he said. "We cant continue to shoot that from the 3-point line. I dont like to talk about it much but its hard to hide 2 for 18. But I will say this -- I believe in the guys taking shots. Theyre getting good looks. . Theyre going to fall." Eric Bledsoe scored 26 points -- one off his career high -- and added a career-best 14 assists for Phoenix, which opened the season with home wins over Portland and Utah. The Suns stayed with Oklahoma City thanks to 14-of-37 3-point shooting but eventually were done in by 23 turnovers. Serge Ibaka added nine points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City. Phoenix led 79-73 after a 3-pointer by Bledsoe with 7:46 left, but the Thunder scored next eight points, including layups by Westbrook and Reggie Jackson, the latter putting Oklahoma City ahead 81-79 with 6:11 left. Channing Fryes basket tied the game for Phoenix, but the Thunder went on a 14-6 run, highlighted by three-point plays from Ibaka and Derek Fisher, to take a 95-87 lead with 2:19 left. The Suns pulled within 95-92 before Durant slammed home a missed layup by Westbrook with 32.8 seconds left. Gerald Green hit a 3-pointer from the corner to cap a 21-point performance, but Westbrook and Durant combined to go 6-of-6 from the free throw line over the final 29.3 seconds to seal the win. "Our guys fought hard and thats a good team and we had a chance to win on their court, so Im pretty happy with the effort," Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Thats the ultimate goal, when you go on the road, is to have a chance at the end, especially a team like this. Its very difficult to win in this gym. We were right there and had some chances." Westbrooks action was his first since April, when Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley banged knees with him while going for a steal after Westbrook had stopped to call a timeout. Westbrook underwent an initial surgery for the injury on April 27. He underwent another surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch from the first procedure. At the time, the Thunder said he would miss the first four to six weeks of the regular season. Under that timetable, Westbrook could have been out for as many as 22 games. Instead, he missed only two games -- a win at Utah on Wednesday and a loss at Minnesota on Friday. Usually the first player announced during pre-game introductions, Westbrook instead was the last and he drew an enormous roar from the sellout crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena. A team spokesman said after the game that Durant -- who usually is introduced last -- asked that Westbrook be announced last instead, although Durant declined to take credit for the idea when asked about it. "It was good for him to be back," Durant said. "I know how much he loves the game. The crowd was great. Unbelievable. Classy group of fans. Always behind (Westbrook) and accepted him so well tonight. It was cool to see." Westbrook immediately returned to his aggressive self on the court, scoring his first basket at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter on a driving layup. It quickly became apparent, however, that the Thunder will have to readjust to having Westbrook in the lineup. Oklahoma City struggled with its shooting in the first half, going 16 of 40 (40 per cent) and allowing the Suns to lead 45-44 at halftime. Frye scored 19 points and Goran Drajic had 10 for the Suns on 5-of-9 shooting before leaving the game with a sprained left ankle at the 10:08 mark of the third quarter. NOTES: Hornacek said the ankle Drajic injured is one "thats been bothering him before so hopefully hes not out too long." He didnt say if Drajic might miss any games . Despite the closeness of the game, Brooks played 11 of the 13 players who suited up and all for at least 8:47. It was evident that rookie Steven Adams is now the backup centre, having supplanted Hasheem Thabeet, one of the two players who didnt see action . The sellout was the 89th straight during the regular season at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Jonathan Isaac Jersey . 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"Theyre going to kind of sit back and make us make mistakes and, on the turnovers, theyre going to jump and try to get odd-man rushes." Canada will play the qualification-round winner between either 11th-seeded Latvia or sixth-seeded Switzerland in Wednesdays quarterfinals at Noon et. Finland goaltender Tuukka Rask was spectacular, turning aside 25 shots in the losing effort. Canadian counterpart Carey Price was equally up to the task, although much less busy. Price, getting the start in place of Roberto Luongo, made 14 saves. Tuomo Ruutu scored the lone goal for Finland while Mikael Granlund led the club with four shots on goal. The Canadians needed a regulation win (and the accompanying three points) to clinch the top spot but finished atop Group B with eight points, while Finland was second with seven. With Canadas overtime win, Sweden officially clinched the top seed, and will face the winner between Slovenia and Austria, with the U.S., sliding into the second spot – going up against either the Czech Republic or Slovakia. It also means the Canadians and Americans could be on a collision course going forward as there is a chance they could meet in the semifinals. Both clubs played stingy defensive games, but the pace of play was quick and exciting. They made few mistakes, shutting down scoring opportunities whenever they arose. And when they did, the goaltenders were there to deny them. Canada controlled much of the possession game in the third period but couldnt solve Rask. The red-and-white looked fluid and crisp in the second frame, counter attacking whenever they could. Canada would outshoot Finland 9-4 in the period, but the Finns werre the only team to convert a scoring opportunity when Tuomo Ruutu redirected a point shot.dddddddddddd Canada struck first in the opening frame thanks to some hard work by the newly formed Sidney Crosby-Patrice Bergeron-Jamie Benn line. Crosby drew a key penalty late in the first period, and the Canadians would capitalize on the opportunity. At 13:44, L.A. Kings blue-liner Doughty sent a wrist shot whistling over Rasks shoulder to make it 1-0. Six of Canadas 10 Olympic goals have come from the defence, while it was Doughtys fourth of the tournament. Crosby and Shea Weber would also earn assists on the play. Prior to the Olympics, Doughty had scored just twice in his previous 27 games. Rask, however, responded. The 26-year-old later showed why its not a smart idea to test him on the glove side. Patrick Sharp and Chris Kunitz, who have been shuffled in and out of the lineup, teamed up to create a marvellous scoring opportunity just after the Canadians had just gone up 1-0. Sharp sent a pass to a wide-open Kunitz, who ripped a one timer that was picked off the by glove side of Rask. Jonathan Toews came close minutes later with an attempted wraparound, but Rask recovered to thwart the chance. Bergeron takes blast in midsection Bergeron found out just how hard Webers slap shot. Midway through the opening period, he took a booming blast from the Nashville Predator – who is tied for the NHL lead among defenceman in goals with 15 - in his midsection, and tried to play the puck before hobbling off the ice. He was in visible pain but returned to the game. Lineup shuffling Much has been made of head coach Mike Babcocks lineup shuffling. He replaced reigning Art Ross Trophy winner Martin St. Louis with Patrick Sharp, while substituting incumbent Norris Trophy winning defenceman P.K. 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