During a stretch of the third quarter Monday night, Russell Westbrook scored and assisted on 20 consecutive points for the Thunder.

Led by Enes Kanter’s 24 points and 10 boards, OKC held off the visiting Miami Heat 97-85.

Westbrook finished with 14 points — 19 below his season average entering the game.

Per the AP:

Westbrook finished with 11 assists, and his control of the action helped the Thunder build a 22-point lead after three quarters. He didn’t play in the fourth.

 

“He’s always looking for his teammates,” Kanter said. “He’s looking to score, but he knows that he’s going to get double-teamed, triple-teamed. They cannot guard him. There’s no one guy in the league that can guard him 1-on-1. He’s making himself better, and he’s making everybody else better on the team.”

 

Oklahoma City improved to 6-1, the best seven-game start for the franchise since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008.