Thunder rally from 19 down in 3rd, top Hornets 111-107

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, right, dunks as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder, of Germany, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, right, shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum, left, drives to the basket in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George as Hornets forward Cody Zeller watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego, left, talks to guard Kemba Walker during a break in the action in the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives against Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 111-107 on Thursday night.

Alex Abrines had 25 points on five 3-pointers for the Thunder, who won their third straight.

Malik Monk and Kemba Walker each had 21 points to lead the Hornets, who shot 11 of 41 from 3-point range.

The Thunder made a concerted effort to slow down Walker, who came in averaging 30 points per game. Walker failed to make a field goal before the break and had just three points, although the Hornets still led 48-44 at halftime.

Walker came to life in the third with 10 straight points to help the Hornets push their lead to 19.

Westbrook led the Thunder back.

With 1:12 left, Westbrook drove and found an open Dennis Schroder with a crosscourt pass for an open 3-pointer. After a Charlotte miss, Westbrook used a screen from Steven Adams to get by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a layup to push the lead to 108-102. Westbrook punctuated the win with a ferocious dunk with 13 seconds left off a fast break before stopping to glare at the crowd.

TIP INS

Thunder: Westbrook got a technical foul early for screaming "and one" after a driving layup after the foul wasn't called. ... Schroder finished with 21 points and five assists for Oklahoma City.

Hornets: Marvin Williams got his 500th career block.

UP NEXT

Thunder: Visit Washington on Friday night.

Hornets: Host Cleveland on Saturday night.

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