OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's top three defensive moments against Dallas

by Jenni Carlson Published: May 9, 2012

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.


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.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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