Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was a defensive force in the first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. Here is a look at his top three defensive moments of the series:
GAME 1: GROUNDING THE JET
The folks in Dallas like to refer to Jason Eugene Terry by his initials, and early in Game 1, the JET soared. He made his first six shots. But from the midway point of the fourth quarter until the end of the game, Westbrook guarded him. Terry had only one touch on the offensive end and didn't attempt a shot during that final stretch.
Westbrook followed him everywhere and reduced him to observer status. There were several possessions late in the game where Terry just stood in the corner, waiting for the ball but looking like a kid who had been sent to timeout.
He never recovered either. Terry went 12 of 34 in the last three games of the series.
GAME 4: BACK-TO-BACK STEALS
With the Thunder clawing back from a 13-point deficit, Westbrook came up with back-to-back steals midway through the fourth quarter. They helped give Oklahoma City its first lead of the second half.
His first steal came when he picked an unsuspecting Dirk Nowitzki's pocket. It led to a breakaway dunk for Serge Ibaka.
The very next possession, Westbrook stepped in between a Jason Kidd-to-Dirk pass. The steal didn't lead to points, but it rattled the Mavericks, who didn't hit a field goal for the rest of the game.
GAME 4: NO FLY ZONE FOR THE JET
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle inserted Terry into the starting lineup, no doubt looking for a spark in a must-win game, but the JET never got off the ground. He played almost 43 minutes, more than any other Mav in the game, but he managed just 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
Westbrook was hounding him once again.
Considering how much Terry was on the court, holding him to 11 points on 12 shots is about as good as anyone could do.