Paul George, Jerami Grant out vs. Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City


Stopping Russell Westbrook is a hard enough task for any team. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Saturday at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. They visit Toronto on December 15. Westbrook finished with 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in a 124-105 home win November 18, 2016, and 25 points 19 assists and 12 boards in a 122-104 victory at Brooklyn on March 14.

Chris Paul added 18 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Rockets. Philly shot 48.1 percent from the field and dished out 29 assists, compared to Los Angeles' 22.

"For most of the first half we played good but we did not come out great in the second half", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

The Nets improved to 10-14 with their second straight victory and third in four games. "The biggest thing for us is, 82 games is a lot of games". For three quarters, the Thunder were ugly to watch.

Photo Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and some of his Nets teammates greeting fans in Mexico City on Thursday.

"We played better defense", LeVert said. "We are committing to each other". "When we didn't get downhill, we really struggled".

It was a nice little start to their stay in Mexico.

Playing short-handed because of injuries and a trade, the Brooklyn Nets found a way to hold off Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. So is center Steven Adams, who aided Westbrook's triple-double with 20 points Tuesday.

The Rockets made 18 three-pointers, giving them a total of 41 in two games against the Jazz this season.

Nets: Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller each scored 11 points. "It kind of felt like a Final Four game, but we're just glad we got the win tonight".

While Oklahoma City possesses a star point guard, the Nets have a few developing ones while D'Angelo Russell recovers from knee surgery.

Global games are not a new thing for the Nets.

The Brooklyn Nets arrive to Mexico City following a 110-90 away win against the Atlanta Hawks.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Alex Abrines tries to score at the end of a regular-season NBA basketball game with the Brooklyn Nets in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.