National Basketball Association
Phoenix at Oklahoma City
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, October 28, 2016
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Russell Westbrook no longer has that famous running partner with him and that means he gets to take over games all by himself now. The Oklahoma City All-Star point guard closed well in the Thunder's first game without the departed Kevin Durant and aims for another solid outing against the visiting Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Westbrook had 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in Wednesday's 103-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, and he scored nine of his points in the final 4:09. "I was taking my time, picking my spots I wanted to get the ball at," Westbrook said afterward. "Just being patient and closing out the game." Phoenix wasn't even in the game in its opener as it suffered a 113-94 home loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. "We've got some adjustments to do," point guard Eric Bledsoe told reporters. "They went on a run, we could never bounce back from it. It's the first game."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE SUNS (0-1): Bledsoe had 16 points and five assists against Sacramento in his first regular-season game since undergoing knee surgery last December. One of Phoenix's best stretches during the opener came with all three first-round picks -- forwards Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss and point guard Tyler Ulis -- on the floor. "It was fun to watch," Suns coach Earl Watson said afterward. "Dragan came in and gave us great minutes. Marquese is Marquese. I think the biggest surprise out of the second unit was Tyler. His defense on the ball was aggressive and we need that energy."

ABOUT THE THUNDER (1-0): Westbrook committed just two turnovers in 36 minutes in a crisp effort against the 76ers and coach Billy Donovan emphasized that his star will have to take his foot off the pedal at times. "He can't facilitate every single shot, every single basket, every single assist," said Donovan, "because it's going to wear him out." The supporting cast will receive more opportunities to step up with Durant gone and centers Enes Kanter (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Steven Adams (16 points) each excelled against the 76ers.


1. The Thunder won six of the past seven meetings.

2. Phoenix PG Brandon Knight is the team's sixth man with Bledsoe back and had just seven points on 1-of-8 shooting in the opener.

3. SG Victor Oladipo had just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting in his Oklahoma City debut.

PREDICTION: Thunder 114, Suns 102
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 0-1 L1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1
Oklahoma City 1-0 W3 0-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Phoenix Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/8/16 OKC 122 PHO 106 106 36 50.7 122 38 49.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix M. Morris 23 50.0 9
Oklahoma City K. Durant 32 52.4 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix A. Len 8 2 6
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Phoenix A. Goodwin 7
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 8
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix D. Booker 116 48.3 24
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 99 44.9 23
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix A. Len 39 12 27
Oklahoma City E. Kanter 41 15 26
Assists Player  
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 34
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 39
Quickchart Matchup
Phoenix Phoenix Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Phoenix Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 94.0 Points For
Phoenix Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 97.0 Points Against
Phoenix - FG% 46.8 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 42.9 FG%
Phoenix - Reb 41.0 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 43.0 Reb
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Phoenix Phoenix Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Phoenix - Points For 103.0 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Phoenix - Points Against 113.0 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 41.5 FG%
Phoenix - FG% 51.2 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 53.0 Reb
Phoenix - Reb 41.0 Reb