There was none of that Friday night. Maybe Peter Pan is all grown up.
Sure, Westbrook took more shots, 19, than anyone else on the court, but that was mainly because he could get a shot at anytime.
But more often than not, Westbrook looked to playmake.
In the third quarter, Westbrook had four assists in a span of 1:39. An alley oop to Andre Roberson for a dunk, a dish to Ibaka for a reverse layup, a toss to Perkins off a pick'n roll and an alley oop to Durant for a dunk.
Just another in a string of outstanding performances by Westbrook. He's not saving it all up for the Lakers. In points, rebounds and assists, Westbrook's previous three games were 27-6-9 at Memphis, 14-9-11 at Atlanta, 26-7-13 against Indiana. All in the last six days.
That makes 45 assists in his last four games. That's the third-best four-game stretch in Westbrook's career; he had 49 assists in four games in January 2011 and 46 in four games in March/April 2010.
“Just finding open guys,” Westbrook said. “Sometimes you gotta kind of take yourself out of the picture and know the bigger picture of the game. Serge, Kevin, whoever's in the game with me, Andre. Keep their confidence high. That's my job.”
It's a job he does particular well against the Lakers, who bring out the best in Westbrook.
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