“It's Russell Westbrook,” Durant said. “Three-time All-Star, 23 (points), five (rebounds) and seven (assists) the last three years. They got to respect it. He put pressure on the defense all night.”
The Thunder, now 2-1 on the season, will face Dallas in a nationally televised game on Wednesday night at 8:30.
There's still plenty of early season kinks OKC must work through, particularly its steady long-range shooting struggles (the Thunder was 2-of-18 from three on the game).
But with Westbrook back in the lineup, optimism reigns.
“He wins,” coach Scott Brooks said. “He's a winner. It's not always going to be perfect, but he plays with everything he has every night.”
And on this night — home-opening night — that was good enough for OKC.