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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook looks like old Russell Westbrook during rout of Pacers

Concerns about Westbrook's health were squashed Sunday as he posts a near triple-double during a 118-94 win over Indiana at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 8, 2013

“He's healthy,” Indiana forward David West said. “I don't think anyone thinks he's not healthy.”

Certainly not after this night. And really, not if you've watched Westbrook for most of the year.

But even Westbrook has admitted that, while his body feels completely fine, his overall timing and touch around the rim has been off.

And that was obvious up until the New Orleans game, with Westbrook entering Friday as a 37 percent shooter on the season and without a 50 percent or better game in his past seven.

Against the Pelicans, he went 8-of-16. Against Indiana, he went 11-of-17, including a fantastic 10-of-11 inside the 3-point line.

“Almost,” Westbrook said when asked if his touch is back. “Sometimes.”

That “sometimes” included Sunday against the Pacers, as he consistently sliced them up on the pick and roll, perfectly analyzing when to shoot the mid-range, when to pass and when to drive.

And as a result, OKC shot a ridiculous 61 percent — its best clip from the field in more than a year — against the league's best defensive field goal percentage team.

“Tonight, he was just tremendous, picking and choosing his spots, getting everyone involved” Kevin Durant said.

“If he play at that level,” Perkins said. “We gonna be a pretty tough team to beat.”

They were on this night.

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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