BROOKS EXPLAINS HOW WESTBROOK TURNED IT ON LATE
Russell Westbrook's final 10 minutes Thursday against Dallas atoned for his horrendous play in his first 30.
His defensive intensity led to three game-changing steals and resulted in fast break baskets at the other end. After struggling with his shot throughout much of the game, Westbrook carried the Thunder in overtime by scoring eight of his 16 points in the extra period.
Where was that effort all game?
“Russell did a good job in that fourth quarter and overtime,” Brooks said. “And you can say ‘Well, why doesn't he do that for 48 minutes?' It's impossible to do that for 48 minutes. Nobody does. But what he did (Thursday) night in the fourth quarter was really special because it gave us a chance. Those steals and those easy opportunities in transition were a big part of the win.”
* Brooks said Westbrook's sore left wrist likely will be problematic for a while. Westbrook injured his wrist in a home game against San Antonio and since has played with it taped. Brooks also revealed that Westbrook is battling a sore knee.
* Kevin Durant posted a message to his Twitter account following Thursday's game that read: “I love Chesapeake Arena, best fans in sports.”
* The Thunder's 111-105 overtime victory over Dallas was its 11th straight home victory, the longest current home winning streak in the NBA.
* The Thunder is 11-3 when Westbrook and Durant both score at least 20 points.