Westbrook and the Thunder topped the Mavericks
Just when the Oklahoma City Thunder(28-19) thought they might let a large lead over the depleted Dallas Mavericks(16-30) slip through their fingers, the storm known as Russell Westbrook intensified into a tornado.
Westbrook scored 17 points in the final eight minutes of play on Thursday night, after watching his Thunder lead by 16 late in the third, to just 6 with 8:23 left in the fourth.After a timeout by Dallas Russell checked in.
“I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
But not all was well with the Thunder, in the second quarter role-player, and one of the league’s best reserve scorers Enes Kanter fractured his forearm punching a chair in frustration.He is scheduled to miss 6-8 weeks.
“He didn’t mean to do it, obviously,” Adams said. “It’s just one of those frustrating times where it just happened to like — he did what he did, you know. He’s already hard on himself. No one else can be as hard as he is on himself. He’s probably just feeling so under the weather. I feel bad for him.”
Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 31 points, and Justin Anderson added 17 in the loss.The Mavs limped into this game with four out of their five top scorers scratched from the lineup. Wesley Matthews (right hip strain) Dirk Nowitzki (rest) J.J Barea (left calf strain) and Deron Williams (sprained big toe)
The Thunder visit the Cleveland Cavaliers(30-14) while Dallas visits their state rivals San Antonio Spurs(36-9).Both games are on Sunday.