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Russell Westbrook scores 30 points as Thunder tops Grizzlies

By John Rohde, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: January 10, 2012
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/articleid/3639275/1/pictures/1608393">Photo - Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 100-95. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman). ORG XMIT: TNNB107
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots over Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. The Thunder defeated the Grizzlies 100-95. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman). ORG XMIT: TNNB107
“When he didn't make a shot here before, I didn't worry about it because I knew he was going to work hard and come back with a lot more aggressiveness, and that's what he did tonight.”

Asked if he was trying to exorcise some demons inside the building, Westbrook said: “Hmm, half-and-half. Because we won last time I really wasn't worried too much.”

During back-to-back-to-back victories before coming to Memphis, the Thunder relied heavily on its second unit. On Tuesday night, it was the starting five that excelled.

Thabo Sefolosha frustrated Memphis forward Rudy Gay into 7-for-21 shooting. Offensively, Sefolosha was flawless from the field, going 4 for 4 overall and 3 for 3 from 3-point range.

Perkins hauled down a season-high 13 rebounds, went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line and blocked two shots.

“I really thought Thabo did an outstanding job on Rudy Gay, making him miss some tough shots, forcing him into some tough shots,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. “And Perk was really active and really good tonight. All the rebounds we needed, he got them.”

Perkins was quick to note OKC has no more games scheduled at Memphis during the regular season.

“I'm just glad we got out of here with two wins,” Perkins said. “It's definitely a tough team. They're physical from the 1 position to their 5. I'm looking forward to not having to come here.”

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