Thun­der win 5th straight, lose West­brook to in­jury

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY—It could have turned out so much worse for Ok­la­homa City.

The Thun­der won their fifth straight game by beat­ing the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans 122-116 on Mon­day night, but they lost star point guard Rus­sell West­brook with a sprained left an­kle.

Af­ter com­ing down hard on the side of his foot, West­brook pounded the ground in frus­tra­tion be­fore limp­ing off the court. The Thun­der led 84-77 when he left the game with 4:25 left in the third quar­ter.

There was lim­ited in­for­ma­tion on West­brook’s sta­tus af­ter the game.

“We’ll see,” Thun­der coach Billy Dono­van said. “Gen­er­ally, with those things, we’ll see how he does in the morn­ing. But it’s a sprained an­kle. Hope­fully, he’ll be OK.”

Ok­la­homa City went on a run with­out its star to close the third quar­ter and led 100-86 at the end of the pe­riod.

The Pel­i­cans closed the gap to a point in the fi­nal minute of the fourth quar­ter. Ok­la­homa City’s Den­nis Schroder made two free throws with 20.5 sec­onds left and Paul George made a pair with 11.8 sec­onds to play to clinch the win for the Thun­der.

“When he went out, I thought our guys com­peted and played ex­tremely hard,” Dono­van said.

Schroder scored 11 points in the fourth quar­ter to help the Thun­der hold on.

“When the fourth quar­ter started and we started to bat­tle back, it’s too high of a moun­tain to climb — es­pe­cially against a team that good, even with­out West­brook,” Pel­i­cans coach Alvin Gen­try said. “They got a ca­pa­ble guy. Schroder, I thought, played great. He’s been

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