Russell Westbrook returned to the court for the first time since he tore his meniscus on the 2012-13 NBA playoffs and looked good in his return. According to ESPN on Nov. 3, Westbrook scored 21 points in his first game back and the Oklahoma City Thunder played their best game of the season beating the Phoenix Suns, 103-96.
The win moved Oklahoma City to 2-1 on the season and this was the first loss of the year for the Suns. It was also the 11th win in a row over Phoenix by the Thunder and their fifth straight home opening win in the arena nicknamed “Loud City.”
Westbrook struggled from beyond the arc in the game, only hitting two of 18 from 3-point land, but his 21 points was a nice output from the position. Westbrook also dished out seven assists and had four rebounds of his own. Kevin Durant joined in with a double-double, scoring 33 points with 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka was one point from a double-double, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson had been filling in for Westbrook the first two games of the season, and finished this game with 10 points in 28 minutes with five assists, while Derek Fisher added nine points and Jeremy Lamb added eight, the Thunder playing small for most of the game.
Center Kendrick Perkins only logged 16 minutes, the lowest of all the starters.
Eric Bledsoe led the way for the Suns, scoring 26 points with 14 assists in the game. Gerald Green added 21 points as the top sixth man for the Suns.
The Oklahoma City Thunder remain at home on Wednesday, Nov. 6 for a game with the 2-1 Dallas Mavericks.