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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

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.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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