(SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Westbrook can't do it all for the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they try to bounce back from a recent loss with Friday's matchup against the Northwest-rival Portland Trail Blazers.
The Thunder opened a three-game road trip with a 117-113 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns Thursday night and were paced by Westbrook's fourth triple-double of the season. Westbrook poured in 39 points on 12-of-38 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out 11 assists. He missed what would have been the game- tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime.
Westbrook has recorded back-to-back triple-doubles and has at least a double- double in the previous five contests. He is averaging 29.8 points, 9.3 assists and 8.2 rebounds in his last 13 games, and has an NBA-best four triple-doubles in 2014-15.
"Honestly, I think I was actually shooting too much," Westbrook said. "I think I got to do a better job of trusting my teammates more. I am not saying I don't, but consistently trusting them regardless of what is going on, regardless of the time, score and possession. Just find a way to trust them and let them make some plays as well."
Westbrook has 12 triple-doubles in his career.
Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka added 18 and 13 points, respectively, for Oklahoma City, which had its season high tying seven-game winning streak snapped.
Oklahoma City is 13-18 on the road and will close the road swing Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Trail Blazers will close out a three-game homestand Friday and are coming off an impressive 111-95 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs Wednesday. Wesley Matthews netted 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting and Damian Lillard had 18 points.
"Our emphasis this week has been ball movement," said Matthews. "We were playing with energy.
Nicolas Batum scored 15 with nine assists and LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a one-game absence (thumb) and posted 11 points and 13 rebounds. Aldridge has tallied eight double-doubles in his last 11 games, posting 22.9 points and 10.9 rebounds in that span.
Aldridge is now 124 rebounds behind Clyde Drexler for the most rebounds in franchise history (5,339).
Portland shot 13-of-26 from the 3-point line, marking the first time in 25 games it shot at least 50.0 percent from beyond the arc. It finished 50.6 percent shooting for the game and scored 23 points off 13 turnovers.
The Trail Blazers have won five of their last six home games and are 24-6 in the Rose City this season. They are 29-5 when scoring 100-plus points and will visit Sacramento and the LA Clippers next.
Oklahoma City has lost the first two meetings with Portland this season and the division foes will meet again April 13 in the OKC. The Blazers have won four of the last six games in this series.