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Adams contributes to OKC's winning start

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/10/2016

Steven Adams has again highlighted his growing offensive output with a healthy haul of 16 points as Oklahoma City began their NBA campaign with a 103-97 victory in Philadelphia.

The 23-year-old New Zealand centre also pulled five rebounds in his 35 minutes on court for the Thunder, who lost prolific scorer Kevin Durant as an off-season departure after making the Western Conference finals.

Adams, who demonstrated his increased scoring threat during a pre-season disrupted by an ankle injury, landed seven of 16 shots from the field and also sank both his free-throws.

However, it was star guard Russell Westbrook who was OKC's big contributor, nabbing a game high 32 points and also grabbing 12 boards.

Opposition centre Joel Embiid was the 76ers' top scorer, the Cameroonian finishing with 20 points.

OKC's next match is at home against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday (NZT).

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