OKC Thunder: Could Russell Westbrook's game-winner have a carry-over?

by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 30, 2013

Russell Westbrook's miraculous game-winner against Golden State did not just lift the Thunder to a thrilling victory Friday night or preserve the team's unblemished home record. It also could have created momentum going forward.

“Obviously it's a great play,” Westbrook said a day later of the magnitude of the shot. “If it's a winner, it gives us confidence going into the next game. It makes us feel good about ourselves, even though we made some mistakes throughout the game. But at the end of the night, we ended up winning, so it makes us feel good about it.”

Westbrook said Saturday that he had seen the replay only twice, once Friday night and once again prior to practice Saturday. Asked if the sequence felt like a blur or slow motion, Westbrook went with the former.

“Nothing's slow motion to me, to tell you the truth,” a laughing Westbrook said. “But that wasn't slow motion at all. It kind of happened real quickly. Just at the time during the game, you try to find a way to get yourself in position to score.”

Westbrook then likened the shot a dream come true.

“Everybody strives to be in those situations,” he said. “You kind of dream about it. As a kid, you kind of dribble up the court; 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and shoot it. But I think that particular moment was a little different.”

Westbrook, however, said he will continue to step aside when the team needs a last-second shot.

“We're going to keep going to Kevin (Durant) as long as he continues to make shots,” Westbrook said. “He's our No. 1 option.”


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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