Russell Westbrook gets an ‘A’ for assists in Thunder win

BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: October 29, 2009
Kevin Durant said he knew this summer that Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook was primed for a special season.

"At those USA trials (for young rising players), that’s when he showed he could really play point guard,” Durant said. "I knew back then in (Las) Vegas it was going to be a good year for him.”

After playing well in preseason, Westbrook dished out a career-high 13 assists in the Thunder’s season opening 102-89 win over Sacramento in the Ford Center.

"His performance was unbelievable, probably the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Durant said. "He handled the team so well. Even though he didn’t take as many shots as he normally does, he got some open shots because he got us the ball in good position.”

Almost as impressive as Westbrook’s 13 assists were his turnovers. He only had two.

"He has the ability to take the ball and score and get his own shot, but I’ve been impressed. He’s trying to do the right thing,” said teammate Nick Collison. "He’s doing really well. Tonight, he looked great.

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