Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook leads Thunder's rout of Golden State
Oklahoma City's star guard indicates early in the game that he would be in complete control. Westbrook finishes with 22 points, three rebounds and five assists.
The game wasn't a minute old when Russell Westbrook caught a pass from Kevin Durant in the right corner and right off the bat revealed how he would be in complete control.
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Westbrook had the green light to launch a 3-pointer. But with a defender closing in, Westbrook instead put the ball on the floor and fired a pass to a wide open Serge Ibaka who stood just above the foul line. With ample space, Ibaka smoothly swished an 18-footer.
It was the first of many magnificent decisions Westbrook made.
With its floor general in total command, the Thunder cruised to a 119-98 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook scored 22 points with three rebounds and five assists, which isn't even his typical stat-stuffing performance. But you won't find many better all-around efforts by Westbrook this season than what he did against the Warriors.
When a teammate was open, Westbrook got him the ball. When the Thunder needed a bucket, Westbrook barreled to the rim and got a good one. When the Warriors were desperate for any type of offensive rhythm, Westbrook came up with a deflection to assure they would never land on it.
“I like the fact that he competed on both ends of the floor at a high level,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He has the ability to be one of the best two-way players in the game and he's been showing that all year.”
After watching Warriors guard Stephen Curry led his team to a win in the last meeting between the teams, Westbrook's defense helped to hold Golden State's leading scorer to 14 points on 5-for-20 shooting. Curry had 11 assists and eight rebounds but also turned the ball over six times.
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