OKLAHOMA CITY – After a six-month layoff, Russell Westbrook looked a bit like his usual self.
The All-Star point guard had 21 points and seven assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder, despite shooting 2 of 18 from three-point range, beat the Phoenix Suns 103-96 on Sunday night.
Kevin Durant collected 33 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which won its fifth straight home opener and defeated Phoenix for the 11th straight time. The Suns (2-1) last beat Oklahoma City (2-1) in December 2010.
Westbrook, sidelined after first tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee during the second game of last season’s playoffs, then having a medical setback, returned three to five weeks ahead of the team’s previously announced timetable.
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Westbrook was 5 of 16 from the field and 11 of 14 on free throws.
“I just missed some easy ones, but that will come,” Westbrook said. “I’m able to do what I want. I could be better, but that’s all right. That’s expected.
“ I’m not expected to come back and be bionic man. I’m just going to work my way through it.”
Eric Bledsoe had 26 points and a career-high 14 assists for the Suns.
• Kevin Love had 34 points and 15 rebounds and Kevin Martin added 30 points as Minnesota beat host New York 109-100 and improved to 3-0 for the first time in 12 years.
Carmelo Anthony had 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks, who drew some loud boos as they were outscored 40-19 in the first quarter.