“Definitely,” Westbrook said. “Plays like can change the whole momentum of the game and that was one of those plays. I'm just happy it went our way.”
Before the block, Westbrook pretty much had been chillin' offensively, starting out 1 for 5 from the field and never heating up.
He was 4 for 13 from the floor before taking center-stage and finished 7 for 17 en route to 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks (Lance Stephenson was his other victim).
The Thunder's defense sparked its game-deciding spurt against the determined Pacers (10-11), and Westbrook was the fire starter.
“When you defend and rebound,” Westbrook said, “it gives yourself an opportunity to go out on a break, get easy baskets and gets shots to start falling.”
While Westbrook and Durant (27 points on 9-for-24 shooting) combined to shoot 39.0 percent from the field, their teammates shot a collective 60.0 percent (21 for 35).
Thunder forward Serge Ibaka scored 10 of his 12 points after intermission and finished one rebound shy of a double-double.
OKC out-rebounded the NBA's top rebounding team 40-34, holding the Pacers 13 boards below their 47.0 average.
Indiana also entered as the league leader in fewest points allowed (91.2) and opponent field-goal percentage (. 409), while the Thunder was the NBA's highest-scoring (106.2) and the best-shooting team from multiple directions — field goals (. 492), 3-pointers (. 426) and free throws (. 837).
OKC shot 48.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line, but just 26.3 percent from 3-point range against the vaunted Indiana defense.
“We have a lot of guys on the team that take pride in stopping other teams on doing what they're good at doing,” Westbrook said. “I think we did a good job of doing that tonight.”