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OKLAHOMA CITY---Russell Westbrook scored
38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of
the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder
beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednes-
Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place
for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar
Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31
in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12
assists in the 64th triple-double of his career.
"The respect is obvious, man," Knicks forward Car-
melo Anthony said. "It's a mutual respect. Russell
is like family to me. I love to see him out there doing
what he is doing. I hope he can continue to do that
throughout the rest of the season."
Westbrook enjoyed heading into the All-Star break
on a good note.
"You want to have a good feeling, good taste in your
mouth going into the break, and then make sure you
come back ready to play," he said.
Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being
selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replace-
ment for Cleveland's Kevin Love earlier in the night.
Derrick Rose scored 25 and Courtney Lee added 16.
The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot 73
per cent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead and
led by 17 in the second before the Thunder rallied
and took a 62-60 lead at halftime. Westbrook had
19 points and ten assists at the break.
Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound
with about seven minutes left in the third quarter.
Oladipo's 3-pointer as time expired in the period put
the Thunder ahead 88-80.
With about five minutes remaining, Westbrook
caught Anthony on a pump fake before draining a 3
that put the Thunder up 105-94.
Former Thunder centre Kendrick Perkins attended
the game and got a standing ovation from the crowd.
The enforcer from the team's trip to the 2012 NBA
Finals visited the locker room after the game. He
attended practice earlier in the day.
Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek on guarding Westbrook:
"We basically showed a wall and he was throwing at
other guys, and they weren't making the shots early.
Then, I felt there was too much space. He got around
our guys, and when he gets around and has the full
head of steam it's almost like you have to follow him
because he's either going to dunk it or lay it in." (AP)
German soccer federation
bans 88 Dortmund fans
BERLIN---The German football federation
issued nationwide stadium bans against 88
Borussia Dortmund fans who were appar-
ently intent on violence at the side's Bun-
desliga game in Darmstadt last Saturday.
Police in the state of Hessen stopped the
fans in two buses and found the passengers
armed with flares, combat gloves, bala-
clavas, painkillers, drugs, and Darmstadt
Federation security chief Hendrik Grosse
Lefert says, "This quick decision, taken in
close consultation with Borussia Dortmund,
is another clear signal against violence
around football games."
The bans are effective immediately due
to the "specific risk situation."
Dortmund's next home game against
Wolfsburg on Saturday is subject to a par-
tial stadium closure affecting almost 25,000
Man City fined for
LONDON---Manchester City has been
fined 35,000 pounds ($44,000) by the Eng-
lish Football Association after admitting to
a breach of anti-doping rules.
The FA said yesterday that City has also
been warned about its future conduct after
the club was charged with failing to ensure
that information about players' wherea-
bouts was accurate.
The rules state that clubs must say where
and when training sessions take place, and
provide home addresses for its players.
City was charged after failing to comply
with this requirement three times in the
space of 12 months. No details of the spe-
cific incidents were given.
English player charged
with pushing ball boy
LONDON ---A soccer player in England's
fourth tier has been charged with pushing
a ball boy to the ground while attempting
to retrieve the ball during a game.
The English Football Association said
Liam Kelly, who plays for Leyton Orient,
committed an act of violent conduct in
the incident during a match at Plymouth
on Tuesday, when Orient lost 3-2.
The incident wasn't seen by match of-
ficials---so Kelly wasn't sanctioned for the
alleged push---but was caught on video. (AP)
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose drives to the
basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder centre
Steven Adams, top, during the second quarter of an
NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday.
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