Thunder show offensive potential as Big 3 make preseason debut

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OKLAHOMA CITY — It was only for 10 minutes, but the Thunder got their first glimpse of what their trio of stars will look like on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Russell Westbrook returned from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee, joining new teammates Carmelo Anthony and Paul George for the first time this preseason as the Thunder topped the Pelicans 102-91. Westbrook played only in the first quarter, scoring nine points on 3-of-5 shooting plus getting four assists, with the plan for him to ramp up his workload in the final two preseason games. But even in the limited time, Westbrook’s influence on the revamped Thunder offense was striking as he focused on playmaking, zipping passes to George, Anthony and Steven Adams.

“[Westbrook’s] got speed that you can’t scout for, that you can’t plan for,” George said. “It’s a definite luxury to have a guy with you on the floor with you. He’s going to create so much stuff for me

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