Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook provides a lift in his return

In his first game back from a pair of knee surgeries, Russell Westbrook put up 21 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
by Anthony Slater Published: November 3, 2013
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Re-energizing a previously stagnant offense, Westbrook scored on a pair of acrobatic layups, found Derek Fisher and Serge Ibaka for two crucial and-1s, then finished off the game with four clutch free throws.

“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.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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