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Daily Thunder: Down to Dunk Podcast: Markieff Morris to the Thunder
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Markieff Morris joins OKC
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NewsOK.com: Thunder Buddies podcast: OKC looks ready for the All-Star break in NOLA
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Thunder Buddies - OKC looks ready for the All-Star break in NOLA (Game 57 of 82) - The Thunder looked ready for the All-Star break after losing to the Pelicans.
Bleacher Report: Russell Westbrook: I Can Improve 'So Much' After 11th Straight Triple-Double
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook posted his 11th straight triple-double on Thursday thanks to 44 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 131-122 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans:
That mark is a record and broke the previous triple-double streak of nine set by Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain in 1968.
Westbrook's run is remarkable, but the 11-year veteran said he can do better after the game:
"I have so much room for improvement, just for me personally, because I know how good I can be and how much I can bring to the game and to help this team be successful," Westbrook told reporters.
NewsOK.com: Thunder reportedly signing Markieff Morris
The Thunder has reportedly added what could be a key rotation player come playoff time.
The Thunder agreed to a contract with veteran forward Markieff Morris on Thursday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Morris (6-foot-10, 245 pounds) is an eight-year veteran who played 34 games for Washington this season.
Morris averaged 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists, and shot 33.3 percent from 3 with Washington this season before he was traded to New Orleans on Feb. 7 for a second-round pick and Wesley Johnson -- a cost-cutting move by the Wizards to get under the luxury tax following a season-ending injury to All-Star point guard John Wall.
Fansided: OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook adds all-time franchise points leader to list of accomplishments
As Thunderous Intentions noted in the OKC Thunder post-game grades the final games played prior to the break are often the most difficult of the season. For the Thunder, that situation was pronounced as the Thunder was on the road playing a disenchanted Pelicans team in the very last match of all teams entering the All-Star break.
Fans wouldn't know that was the case if they focused solely on Russell Westbrook who gave his typical 100 percent effort. In fact, while some of the Brodie's teammates appeared to have visions of holiday plans dancing in their heads Westbrook was delivering his highest scoring effort of the season.
Fansided: Player Grades: OKC Thunder third quarter malaise leads to Pelicans victory in final pre-break game
Hey, it's been an impressive season to date for the OKC Thunder who've been humming along in a secure third place seeding in the West. The hopes were to finish on a high and take a five-game win streak into the All-Star break. Unfortunately, OKC came up just a bit short following a lapse to start the third quarter which allowed the Pelicans to gain enough of a lead to take the match.
The good news is the Thunder exited this match without any players getting seriously injured. That might seem like an alarmist's attitude, but the last game prior to the All-Star break and the last game before Christmas are always the matches players tend to lose focus.
NewsOK.com: Thunder: Russell Westbrook passes Gary Payton to become franchise all-time leading scorer
NEW ORLEANS - Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is rarely caught off guard in postgame media scums, but the news that he had become the franchise all-time leading scorer Thursday did the trick.
Westbrook had been staring at the ground, but with that news he picked up his head and raised his eyebrows.
"I didn't even know I was close, honestly," he said. "That's crazy, man, honestly."
Russell Westbrook on passing Gary Payton to become the Thunder/Sonics franchise all-time leading scorer: pic.twitter.com/bYKwKuCzdt-- Maddie Lee (@maddie_m_lee) February 15, 2019
Westbrook paced the Thunder with 44 points in the OKC's 131-122 loss to the Pelicans Thursday.
NewsOK.com: NBA All-Star Break comes at right time for Thunder after 131-122 loss to Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS -- Maybe the matchup appeared too lopsided.
When applying Newton's First Law, the Thunder seemed destined to roll right over the Pelicans and into the All-Star Break.
Basketball, however is not pure physics, and Oklahoma City lost 131-122 to New Orleans on Thursday.
Two nights earlier, the Pelicans (26-33) were blown out 118-88 by the Magic. The Thunder (37-20) entered play Thursday with 11 wins in its previous 12 games. Despite all that, Russell Westbrook seemed like OKC's last hope in the final minutes of a sloppy game. His 44 points on 30 shots and his NBA-record 11th straight triple-double couldn't save the day.
That baseline flush. @russwest44 https://t.co/kM1yCBHAOY
Ray off the bench again. Hits the Brodie for . https://t.co/7MlT3xpFFj
Plenty of time left in this one. Westbrook & Nader running. https://t.co/znbTOTsFIC
Back to back dunks from @NerlensNoel3. @USCellular Connection Highlight. https://t.co/SHo76jNVZr
Bleacher Report: Markieff Morris, Thunder Reportedly Agree to Contract Despite Lakers' Interest
Veteran forward Markieff Morris agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday following his buyout from the New Orleans Pelicans, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Charania noted the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets were among the other interested teams. Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported last week that the Los Angeles Lakers would have considered signing Morris if he were healthy.
New Orleans acquired Morris and a 2023 second-round pick from the Washington Wizards in exchange for swingman Wesley Johnson prior to the trade deadline, but Morris never appeared in a game for the Pelicans.
.@russwest44 has 22 points at the half (9-14 from the field, including 3-6 from deep). #ThunderUp https://t.co/YDxSLBMGmG
Nimble footwork from the big guy PG #defense #ThunderUp https://t.co/sZtLDtNFzW