Westbrook keyed a first-half offensive eruption, knifing his way into the teeth of the Hornets’ defense for acrobatic layups and pull-up jump shots. He scored 18 of his points in the opening period, making five of eight shots to power the Thunder to a 30-21 lead.
Durant, meanwhile, had as many assists (four) as shot attempts late in the first half, as he deferred time and again to allow teammates to get open shots.
Durant’s final assist was part of a 25-7 run the Thunder used to start the third period and turn a 17-point halftime lead into a 33-point game with 5:08 remaining in the period.
“KD has the potential to get a triple-double many nights,” Brooks said. “He handles the ball a lot, he plays a lot of minutes and he demands a lot of attention. So a lot of guys are going to be open because he has to be guarded by sometimes more than one (defender). But he’s a good playmaker. He’s really improved in that area all season, but I like it when he’s well-rounded.”