Raymond Felton

Westbrook's 43 points lead Thunder past Suns, 124-116

The Phoenix Suns have been real pests against Oklahoma City the last couple of seasons, beating the Thunder three straight times.

Russell Westbrook made sure it didn't happen again.

The reigning MVP had 43 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play, and the Thunder scored the final 10 points of the game to escape with a 124-116 victory over the Suns on Friday night.

"They always play us tough, especially here," Westbrook said. "We stayed with it and made big plays down the stretch."

Paul George scored 20 points for Oklahoma City. Westbrook also had 14 rebounds and eight assists.

"His passion, his...