Westbrook said after the game the minutes down the stretch taught him a valuable lesson in time of possession, when and when not to take shots and when to attack versus setting up a quality possession.
"It helps me a lot,” Westbrook said of his minutes down the stretch. "You get comfortable in crunch-time situations. I’m just learning each game.”
Westbrook finished with six points on 1-for-10 shooting with four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes.
"He needs to get that experience,” said the Thunder’s Nick Collison. "In the NBA, it seems all the games are won in the fourth quarter, so the more experience he can get in those situations the better. He’s doing a good job. He’ll be able to pick it up, and he’ll be able to learn from the situation.”