Published: Sat, December 31, 2016
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Russell Westbrook ejected after second technical

Russell Westbrook ejected after second technical

The Grizzlies, on the other hand, shot the ball quite well, going 52.4 overall in field goals and 13-for-22 from downtown even without the injured Mike Conley. The Thunder were trailing 61-45 at the time.

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, the league's leader in triple-doubles, was ejected from the game in the third quarter. He didn't appear in position to record his 16th triple-double of the season since he 21 points, five rebounds and no assists in 23 minutes when he departed.

After the game, referee Jason Phillips explained that officials "had no doubt" the ball hit the rim despite Westbrook's objections.

Wesley Matthews scored 20 points, Harrison Barnes added 17, and Dwight Powell came off the bench to contribute 14 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks, who beat the Lakers for the 12th consecutive time.

Enes Kanter had 19 points and five rebounds while Alex Abrines chipped in 10 markers for OKC, who saw their four-game win streak snapped.

Daniels started the game with 0 points with two fouls. The Thunder is said to be pursuing Blake Griffin and the team would like to pair him with Russell Westbrook.

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It didn't get better for Oklahoma City from there as the Grizzlies cruised to a 114-80 victory. Westbrook has drawn a foul on 18 percent of his drives to the basket this season.

The Thunder also had 18 turnovers in the game.

"I'm not so sure he even warranted being thrown out", he said. Sixteen technicals triggers an automatic one-game suspension.

"I get so many techs just for talking, just for talking", Westbrook said.

"He's really fast. He's really explosive. I just don't get reffed the same way as other people, and I don't appreciate it". "And a lot of times, he's getting hit, he's getting fouled and there needs to be more fouls called". As Westbrook told reporters, he believes he's officiated differently from other players in the National Basketball Association and he doesn't appreciate the treatment he gets from referees.

The Raptors, in second place in the Eastern Conference, lost consecutive games for the first time since November 20 and 21.

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