Basketball

Thunder pulls full house in snow

OKLAHOMA CITY - Russell Westbrook controlled the game, and he got plenty of help.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Westbrook had 22 and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Charlotte Bobcats, 98-91, on Saturday night.

Nenad Krstic added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which improved to 15-14. The team’s 15th win last season, its first since abandoning Seattle, came in the 60th game, on March 2.

Point guard Westbrook had six assists and no turnovers in nearly 35 minutes.

“He did a great job running the team,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “He gave us a lot of opportunities to score, he set our guys up for good shots. Thirty-five minutes with zero turnovers? I’ll take that every night.”

Reserve point guard Eric Maynor, just acquired from Utah, keyed an early flurry and made all three shots in 13 minutes.

“The guys welcomed me in. It’s good that we’ve got two victories since I been here,” Maynor said.

A near-capacity crowd of 17,961 showed up at the 18,203-seat Ford Center, two nights after the biggest snowstorm (14 inches) in Oklahoma City history.

Stephen Jackson had 24 points for the Bobcats.

“Score more points than our opponent,” Charlotte coach Larry Brown said when asked what it will take to win on the road. “That is what all my coaches have always told me.”

Thunder 98

Bobcats 91

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