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Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder's rout of Golden State

Oklahoma City's star guard indicates early in the game that he would be in complete control. Westbrook finishes with 22 points, three rebounds and five assists.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: February 6, 2013

/articleid/3752832/1/pictures/1946303">Photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket around Golden State's Andris Biedrins (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) goes to the basket around Golden State's Andris Biedrins (15) during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Westbrook would later defiantly dismiss the notion that Curry's team-high 31 points in the Warriors' five-point home win over the Thunder played any part in fueling his effort Wednesday.

“Not really,” Westbrook said. “I don't think he really did too much last time if you check.”

The roles were reversed Wednesday, as Westbrook dominated the matchup this time after a 10-point, six-turnover effort on 3-for-16 shooting two weeks ago.

Westbrook added four steals and had only two turnovers in 30 minutes. With the Thunder going on to lead by as many as 26, Westbrook wasn't needed in the fourth quarter.

“He was steady,” said Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 25 points. “His ball pressure was great. He was pursuing over screens. He was getting everybody involved. He was just energetic. That's what we need from him and he's been doing it all season.”

The Thunder led 34-22 after the first quarter, and that margin quickly grew to 20 early in the second period. Westbrook and Ibaka (15 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots) initiated the assault before the second unit soon followed suit. Less than two minutes into the second period, Oklahoma City held a 42-22 advantage and went on to lead by as many as 22 in the first half.

OKC held the Warriors to 40.9 percent shooting and scored 29 points off 19 Golden State turnovers.

“I thought (Westbrook) established the intensity of the game right from the start and everybody else followed suit,” Brooks said.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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