“Well, there was definitely some concern,” Brooks said. “There's about three minutes in that third quarter where there was concern. We were getting a little sloppy defensively. We were giving up points in transition, a lot of that was off of our sloppy play.
“That was a big shot he made. There was definitely some concern. I know this team (Cleveland) can definitely score. I thought they would get hot in that second half, but we did a good job of stopping that.”
Westbrook finished with a game-high 27 points and shot 10 for 16 from the field, including 4 for 6 from 3-point range. He also had 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals. Mixed in with all that good was some bad as Westbrook committed eight turnovers, one off his career high.
Westbrook's heroics came at a time in the game when he normally is on the bench for his final rest after being replaced by backup point guard Eric Maynor.
“My gut was telling me to keep him in there,” Brooks said of going against his normal substitution pattern. “He (Westbrook) didn't play a lot of minutes in the first half (17:38) so I knew I had some extra minutes in him. I just felt we needed his toughness.”
Kevin Durant added 26 points and eight rebounds for the Thunder (5-2), which takes a four-game winning streak into Detroit (0-7) for a Monday game at 6:30 p.m.
Three others also scored in double-digits for OKC. Sixth man Kevin Martin had 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, plus five rebounds. Serge Ibaka had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven blocked shots, while center Kendrick Perkins finished with 10 points and shot 4 for 4 from the field.
“That should be us nightly,” Martin said of having five players score in double-figures. “There are great offensive players on this team and when we aren't selfish or turning the ball over, that can happen on a nightly basis.”
The Thunder once again kept things interesting by committing an abundance of turnovers. OKC had 21 turnovers that the Cavs converted into 20 points.