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OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook: 'Youth is something that wills us'

by Ryan Aber Published: June 7, 2012

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook had 25 points and eight rebounds in the Thunder's 107-99 victory. Westbrook and OKC will now face either the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Westbrook talked about the victory and advancing after the game:

How resilient is this group to be able to come back from down 15?

Oh man, this group of guys has been great all season. When we're down, we all stick together and know that we have an opportunity to win the game. Tonight was one of those nights. We started off a little slow but guys stayed with it, stayed into it. I thought Kevin's shot before the half was a big shot and gave us a little momentum and I think we took that and ran with it.

When you went into the locker room at half down 15, what was said to each other to change the vibe?

I just think we believed from when we went down and got into halftime, guys came together and said we can come out with this win.

Do you think it was the youth that helped you come back, because Tony (Parker) got those quick 17 and 21 points and then they were up 18 before you made the rally?

I'm not sure what it was. I just thought it was togetherness. Even though they made big shots we still played together, played our brand of basketball and it just paid off for us toward the end of the game.

How has this team climbed so fast being so young?

I think the youth is kind of something that wills us. A lot of guys and a lot of people around the league say we're young and we're not able to make clutch shots, perform under clutch moments, and I think it wills us. Kevin and I, Serge, James, a lot of guys on our team have such great, great heart and want to do good and it showed a great thing tonight.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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