The Oklahoma City Thunder will be sweating on the fitness of Russell Westbrook after he left today's Pelicans game with a left ankle sprain.
Thunder are saying a left ankle sprain for Westbrook.- Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2018
The injury occured with 4:27 remaining in the third quarter, which saw Westbrook limp off the court after awkwardly landing on the foot of Pelicans big man Anthony Davis.
Westbrook was visibly in pain as he screamed on court, holding his ankle.
Oh no. Westbrook came down on AD's foot and went down fast. Clearly in a lot of pain... pic.twitter.com/5zhYs2opQg- Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 6, 2018
Westbrook had 17 points in 25 minutes of play, leaving the Thunder with 100-86 lead over the Pelicans after the third quarter, where they outscored New Orleans 38-23 in the period.
With Westbrook out of the game, the Pelicans narrowed the lead to with 117-113 with 32.6 seconds to play thanks to a Julius Randle layup and three free throws from Jrue Holiday, but the Thunder held their nerve down the stretch to close it out 122-116.
Paul George led the Thunder with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Dennis Schroder came off the bench with a season-high 22 points, 16 coming in the second half.
For the Pelicans, Holiday led all scorers with 22 points and 14 assists. Andtonhy Davis added 20 points and eight rebounds, while Nikola Mirotic chipped in 16 points and 16 rebounds.
UPDATE: Positive signs for Westbrook:
Westbrook had X-rays on his left ankle and they were negative.- Royce Young (@royceyoung) November 6, 2018