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OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook turns in a memorable dunk in Thunder's win

With 2:32 remaining in the second quarter, point guard Russell Westbrook performed what many believe might be the best dunk in Thunder history on an alley-oop pass from Kevin Durant.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: April 13, 2012
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Was it Westbrook's best dunk ever?

"I don't know. I haven't seen it yet," Westbrook said. "I just jump and let things happen."

What has been your favorite dunk to date? Was it the one over Houston's Shane Battier last season? Was it Earl Watson's pass off the backboard at Golden State in 2009?

"A lot of my favorites are from college, and some pickup games actually," Westbrook said.

Was it a bad pass?

"It was kind of high, but it was something I can go get," Westbrook said. "I just tried to go get it for him (Durant) so we wouldn't get a turnover."

Did you hear the crowd's reaction?

"Yeah, it was kind of loud," Westbrook said. "I guess they kept showing it (on the scoreboard)."

Yes, on the very next trip down court. Were you tempted to look up and watch?

"Yeah, but I had to focus on what was going on," Westbrook said.

What constitutes a good dunk?

"That definitely was good in my book," Westbrook said, "but like I said, I haven't seen it yet to know where it is. I'm going to go check it out."

There was no doubt where the dunk ranked in the mind of backup point Eric Maynor, at least not initially.

"You can go ahead and put it on the SportsCenter Top 10 at No. 1," said Maynor, out for the season with a knee injury. "I've seen a lot of them, and that's the best one I've seen. It's the best dunk of the season."

The best dunk ever for the Thunder? What about Durant's dunk over Dallas center Brendan Haywood in Game 2 of last year's Western Conference Finals?

"Ooooh," Maynor said softly, eyebrows raised.

Or James Harden's breakaway dunk over Cleveland's J.J. Hickson in 2010?

"Ooooh," Maynor repeated.

Did you think Durant's pass was very good to Westbrook?

"Oh, it was a horrible pass," Maynor said with conviction.

Thunder center Nazr Mohammed sent out a warning about rating dunks.

"When you rank them, it's kind of hard to," Mohammed said. "When you see them live, it's the hype of seeing them live and you forget about how good the last dunk was."

As for Durant's pass, Mohammed smiled and said; "It was a great pass … for a guy who can jump that high. If it had been to me, it would have been a horrible pass."


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