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Russell Westbrook leads the way in win over Minnesota

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 27, 2010 at 12:52 am •  Published: February 27, 2010

/> The Thunder scored 17 points off 16 Wolves turnovers and raced to 21 fast-break points. It led to great efficiency in the form of 54.3 percent shooting from the field, 62 points in the paint and the fourth-highest point total of the season.

"When we defend, it gives our athletes the opportunity to get out and score in transition,” Brooks said. "And Russell, he does a great job of finding guys in transition.”

Westbrook finished with 18 points, a career-high-tying 15 assists and eight rebounds, marking the ninth time this season he’s nearly netted a triple-double. Westbrook also helped hold the explosive Flynn in check, limiting him to 10 points and five assists against four turnovers.

Behind Westbrook’s passing, the Thunder recorded a season-high in assists and, for the first time this season, had seven players in double-digit scoring. Kevin Durant led all players with 25 points while contributing nine rebounds.

With Friday’s win, the Thunder continues carving up bad teams, a sign of the team’s growing maturity and mental toughness. Oklahoma City has not lost to a team currently below .500 since a 101-93 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 15.

"It was a good win for us,” Westbrook said. "I don’t think any of them are bad, but I think we need every game this time of the year.”

Box score from Friday's game


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