OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Chris Paul and Clippers in Game 3

On Friday night in Los Angeles, it was Westbrook and the Thunder who made more plays down the stretch, leading to a vital 118-112 Game 3 win to steal homecourt back from the Clippers.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 10, 2014

Round 1 was a Chris Paul knockout, making eight of his nine threes in a Clipper blowout win.

Round 2 was a similarly lopsided TKO, going to Russell Westbrook, who dissected L.A. in a double-digit Thunder victory last Wednesday night.

But Round 3 of the most entertaining point guard battle in the NBA was a lot more closely contested. And because of that, so was the game.

But on Friday night in Los Angeles, it was Westbrook and the Thunder who made more plays down the stretch, leading to a vital 118-112 Game 3 win to steal homecourt back from the Clippers.

Kevin Durant continued his MVP play, scoring 36 points and nailing a lethal late-game fadeaway to help seal it. Serge Ibaka played his best offensive game of the playoffs – scoring 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting.

But it was Westbrook, again, who masterfully captained the ship.

He finished with 23 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds, coming up just short of what would have been his fourth triple-double of the playoffs and second in a row, something that hasn’t been done since Jason Kidd in 2002.

But more than the numbers, it was the calm aggression he played with and the smart decisions he continues to make. He had only two turnovers and made seven of his 14 shots, with only three of those 3-pointers.

Dating back to Game 6 against the Grizzlies, Westbrook looks like a different player, dynamic as ever but under control at all times.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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