Oklahoma City got 29 points and 10 assists from Russell Westbrook en route to a 97-92 victory over New Orleans on Friday at New Orleans Arena.
Bettors who backed the Thunder were also rewarded, as they covered the closing number as an underdog of 3.5 at sportsbooks. Over-Under bettors saw the total score go UNDER the closing total of 196.5.
Oklahoma City got 25 points from Kevin Durant and another 18 points from Serge Ibaka. Russell Westbrook contributed 10 assists, while Serge Ibaka cleaned the glass with 9 rebounds.
New Orleans got 24 points from David West in a losing cause and another 18 points from Chris Paul. Chris Paul contributed 7 assists for the Hornets, while David West had 13 rebounds.
Oklahoma City trailed at halftime, 59-52.
New Orleans had a 37-34 advantage in the rebounding department as they won the battle in the paint.
Oklahoma City looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against the Cavaliers. The Hornets will aim to get back on the winning track at Philadelphia.