And that was particularly true in the game’s biggest moments on Friday night.
With the Thunder clinging to a 106-103 lead with three minutes left, Westbrook whirled in for an important layup. A minute later, after two big Clippers shots had cut OKC’s lead back to one, Westbrook rose for an in-rhythm three. He knocked it in, continuing his smart and potent long-range shooting in this series (6-of-12 overall in the three games) and capped it off with his patented 3-point holsters.
It put the Thunder up four. L.A. would never get any closer.
But just to seal the deal, Westbrook flashed his other skills. A possession after the clutch three, he drilled Durant with an assist for a backbreaking jumper.
Then, after J. J. Redick missed a layup on the other end, Westbrook flew in for his eighth rebound of the night and 22nd in the series. From start to finish, he controlled the game.
Chris Paul was great, finishing with 21 points and 16 assists. But in a battle that could decide the public’s opinion on the best point guard in the world, Westbrook got the upper hand.
And because of that, the Thunder has control of this series.