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December 28, 2013

KD leads Oklahoma City past Charlotte in first game without Westbrook

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

General manager Sam Presti said in a news release that Westbrook has been playing pain-free, but “recently had experienced increased swelling” in his right knee.

Westbrook’s knee problems began in April when he tore his meniscus in the second game of the Western Conference playoffs. He had a second arthroscopic surgery before training camp.

Oklahoma City is 21-3 with Westbrook in the starting lineup and 3-2 without him.

“He was playing great basketball, probably some of the best basketball in the entire league,” Brooks said. “We’re looking forward to him coming back and getting back to the level that he has played at — and he will.”

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