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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook sparks Thunder win over Bobcats

Westbrook jumped the passing lane, gathered the steal, bolted down the sideline and hammered home a tomahawk slam over a retreating Kemba Walker. All in a blur.
by Anthony Slater Modified: March 3, 2014 at 8:52 am •  Published: March 2, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City 's Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates his dunk during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Bobcats at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City 's Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates his dunk during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Charlotte Bobcats at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, March 2, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

But Westbrook’s dominance kept the Thunder afloat. And the defense dominated down the stretch, reversing a recent fourth quarter trend and outscoring the Bobcats 31-18 in the game’s deciding quarter.

And in the fourth, Westbrook was great, assisting on three hoops and drilling the other during a 12-0 run that sealed the game.

“He only had five assists and it easily could have been five more,” Brooks said. “We got fouled on a lot of his passes.”

Westbrook has played well in the past three games, but he looked in a completely different groove on Sunday night.

He was cool and confident throughout the night, showing the kind of touch and rhythm that he lacked in his first few games back.

“I thought Russell really had great command of the game,” Brooks said. “It’s good to see him really get his legs under him.”

Especially on the steal and slam.

“I haven’t dunked like that in a while,” Westbrook said. “So it felt good to get that out of the way.”