Kendrick Perkins

Westbrook scores 38 in triple-double as Thunder top Knicks

Russell Westbrook closed out the first half in familiar fashion — with a triple-double and a win.

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 Wednesday night.

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 Carmelo Anthony said. "It's a mutual respect. Russell is like family to me. I love to see him...