Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook sets tone in OKC's win over Dallas Mavericks

In just his second game since late April, Russell Westbrook was the best player on the floor throughout his 33 minutes. He finished with 22 points on 10-for-20 shooting and added four assists against five turnovers.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: November 6, 2013

“It's what we expect,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.

Most significant was how Westbrook reignited the Thunder's transition game. Largely behind Westbrook's end-to-end speed, the Thunder raced to nine first-quarter fast break points and 13 by halftime, scoring on all six opportunities. In the previous two games, the Thunder produced just 16 points in transition. OKC finished with a season-high 27 Wednesday.

“We just try to play off our defense,” Durant said. “And I think tonight we did a good job of getting into the passing lanes and rebounding and kicking it up and getting to the cup.”

Durant was dominant in his own right, but with the pass on this night, finally flaunting the phenomenal playmaking he displayed in the preseason. He finished with 23 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Behind Durant's passing and Westbrook's nonstop pressure, the Thunder had 28 assists and shot a season-high 54.4 percent.

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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