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  • OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook taught rookie Michael Carter-Williams a swift and thorough lesson. Mario Chalmers Jersey . Westbrook had a triple-double in 21 minutes to win the matchup of talented point guards and help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the woeful Philadelphia 76ers 125-92 on Tuesday night. The three-time All Star finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists after blowing past Carter-Williams at will. Westbrook wrapped up his eighth career triple-double on a rebound with 4:55 left in the third quarter and left the game for good moments later. The last NBA player to get a triple-double in fewer minutes was Jim Tucker in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "He made everybody better tonight," said teammate Kevin Durant, who led the Thunder with 42 points. "He was moving the basketball, he was aggressive to the rim. I think thats why everybody got open, because of his aggressiveness. He just set the tone for us." Westbrook also offered verbal instruction after his pupil decided to talk trash during the third quarter. Turns out, Westbrook is pretty good at that, too. "I like it," he said of Carter-Williams talking. "Its good because thats how I play anyway. I compete, and thats what I like to do. He wants to compete as well." James Anderson scored 20 for the 76ers, who lost their 15th in a row, their longest slide since a 15-game skid in 1994. Philadelphia shot just 34 per cent. Carter-Williams, among the favourites to win the Rookie of the Year award, finished with 14 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown wasnt amused by Carter-Williams talking. "Its always wise to go about your business without instigating an All-Star," Brown said. "I dont mind Michael being competitive, but how you go about that is always a challenge, and again, a learning curve." Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson each scored 14 points and Perry Jones added 12 for the Thunder, who shot 57 per cent from the field in their most lopsided victory of the season. Westbrook had eight assists in the first 6:34 to help the Thunder take a 24-15 lead. "I never go in looking to shoot first, pass first, rebound first," he said. "I just come in and play off instincts." Westbrook got his 10th assist on a long bounce pass to Durant with 4:55 left in the second quarter. Westbrook finished the first half with 11 assists, a Thunder record for a half. He didnt score until he made a layup with 1:50 left in the first half. His second basket was a 29-foot 3-pointer. "Hes just physically so gifted and hes so competitive," Brown said. "Theres a -- and I say this respectfully -- hes an angry competitor that wills his way into doing stuff. I say that with the utmost respect. You saw those physical abilities along with just such a strong mind. Its a powerful combination." Durant, who made 14 of 20 shots from the floor, did not play in the fourth quarter as the Thunder won their third straight. Caron Butler, the Thunders recent acquisition, entered for the first time as a member of the team with 5:26 left in the first quarter and received a loud standing ovation. He made his first basket, a jumper, with 2:18 left in the opening period. Durant scored 21 points in the first half on 8-for-11 shooting to help the Thunder take a 61-45 lead at the break. The 76ers made 3-pointers on three consecutive trips down the floor -- the first two by Byron Mullins and the third by Anderson -- to cut what had been a 22-point deficit to 15 midway through the third quarter. The Thunder bounced back and led 98-76 at the end of the period. Durant scored 21 of Oklahoma Citys 37 points in the quarter. The crowd cheered loudly when Oklahoma Citys 7-foot-3 centre, Hasheem Thabeet, stepped out of his usual element and drained a 17-foot jumper that put the Thunder up 110-79 with 7:33 to go. It was a complete win for Oklahoma City. "I thought defensively, we were really good throughout the game," coach Scott Brooks said. "We were active, we were in passing lanes, we were contesting shots, and we did a great job with rebounding and passing." NOTES: Jones and C Steven Adams started for the Thunder in place of injured G Thabo Sefolosha and C Kendrick Perkins. ... The 76ers have allowed at least 100 points in 14 of the 15 losses during their skid. All but three of the defeats have been by double digits. ... Thunder G Jeremy Lamb made a layup at the first-quarter buzzer after catching a pass from Durant that travelled most of the length of the court. ... The Thunder shot 70 per cent in the first quarter to take a 37-23 lead. ... Brown was issued a technical foul with 5:30 left in the second quarter. Brandan Wright Jersey . Pospisil, the seventh seed, saved match points in each of the last two sets before falling to the unseeded Dutchman. "I wasnt very happy with the way I was playing,"said Pospisil. Tyreke Evans Jersey . On Thursday theyll learn even more. Despite the cloud of uncertainty that has followed them around from the moment general manager Masai Ujiri was brought in to put his stamp on the franchise, the Raptors have surpassed all pre-season expectations.TEMPE, Ariz. - Defence has been the backbone of the Arizona Cardinals in their 11-win season. That will be even more the case when they meet the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night.With the Cardinals using their third starting quarterback of the season against the No. 1-ranked defence in the NFL, Arizonas best chance would seem to be keeping it a low-scoring game.When Carson (Palmer) was the quarterback, we always felt we cant let any team score, cornerback Patrick Peterson said after practice on Thursday. Thats our mentality week in and week out. Now that we have our third-string quarterback its even more at a high demand.Palmer went down with a season-ending knee injury, giving the job to Drew Stanton. Stanton sprained his right knee last Thursday night in St. Louis.So Ryan Lindley will start at quarterback in what wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald called the biggest regular-season game of his career.The quarterback issues have made Seattle an eight-point favourite on the road. With two tough defences, oddsmakers are expecting a low-scoring game. The over-under is a measly 36 1/2 points.The stakes in the game are big.Seattle will close in on another NFC West title with a victory. Arizona can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win.For most of the game a month ago in Seattle, the Cardinals held the Seahawks offence in check. They held Marshawn Lynch to 39 yards rushing and sacked Russell Wilson seven times. But Wilson slipped away ffor 73 yards rushing, 40 of them in one play during the only touchdown drive of Seattles 19-3 victory. Mike Conley Jersey. Russells a great player. You cant help but credit him, Arizona defensive co-ordinator Todd Bowles said. We just have to find ways to get enough stops to win the ball game. I dont think you can stop him. You try to slow him down a little bit and makes some plays in between.Seattle is a bit beat up on the offensive line.And the Cardinals feel the defensive line is one of their strengths, anchored by Calais Campbell and Dan Williams with significant contributions from Frostee Rucker and Tommy Kelly.We rotate as much as we can, Rucker said, and it puts a lot of professionalism on the guys to study and know every position down the line, so theres no setback when anyone goes in.Rucker is the unsung hero of the bunch with a career-high five sacks along with a forced fumble.Hes been outstanding for us, Bowles said. Hes not a flashy player but hes tough, hes gritty. He makes plays and hes come up with some sacks lately.The Cardinals have 25 takeaways and lead the NFL with nine defensive touchdowns. With their offence a big question mark, they sure could use one against the Seahawks.Turnover and field position probably will be big in this ball game, Bowles said. Its for the title. 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