The Brooklyn Nets will learn if they can stop Westbrook at 7,382 feet Thursday night when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder in Mexico City as part of the NBA's Global Games. Westbrook finished with 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 124-105 home win November 18, 2016, and 25 points 19 assists and 12 boards in a 122-104 victory at Brooklyn on March 14.
The Nets played without guards Jeremy Lin and D'Angelo Russell because of injuries.
With John Wall (knee) still sidelined, Bradley Beal (34/2/4) stepped up in a big way for the second-straight game, knocking down 13-of-22 shots in the victory for the Wizards. The Nets' games against the Thunder and Miami Heat this week are during the 25th anniversary of the NBA's first games in Mexico.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Alex Abrines tries to score at the end of a regular-season NBA basketball game with the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Steven Adams added 12 points for the Thunder, and Carmelo Anthony had 11 on 5-for-20 shooting. Oklahoma City played without Paul George (right calf contusion) and Jerami Grant (left hip contusion). "And I feel like we're going to play good".
The NBA intends to add a G League affiliate team in Mexico City, which "could begin play as early as next season", according to the New York Times.
Westbrook led all scorers with 31 points but shot 10 of 27 and scored only five points in the fourth quarter. Additionally, OKC shot just 12-for-23 from the free throw line.
The Thunder held a 16-point advantage late in the first quarter, but the Nets gradually came back. The Nets didn't get their 10th win last season until March 1. "That was it. We slowed Russ down a little bit, and that kind of helped us".
"I definitely want to stay away from that one", Atkinson said. Oklahoma City is 2-9 on the road and enters its visit to Mexico on a seven-game road losing streak since beating the Milwaukee Bucks on October 31. They split two games against Atlanta before their trip to Mexico City.