NBA: Steven Adams, Thunder beat Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks

New Zealand's Steven Adams overcame an ankle injury to help the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 118-112 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday (NZ time).

Adams finished the game with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Thunder improved their record to 31-18 on the season.

All-star teammate Paul George finished with a game-high 36 points, while Russell Westbrook claimed his 16th triple-double of the season at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Late in the first quarter, Adams accidentally stood on Bucks big Ersan Ilyasova's foot, which caused his right ankle to twist. He went to the locker room to be assessed and returned late in the second quarter.

The pick of Adams' baskets came in the third quarter, when he intercepted a pass and ran the length of the court and to score off a deft euro-step, which commentators said should now be called the 'Kiwi-step'.

In the Thunder's last game against the Pelicans, he tried the famous move twice, but it only worked once.

The Thunder are back in action on Wednesday with home match against the Orlando Magic in what will be his last chance to impress before the reserves for the annual NBA All Star agme are named on February 1.