The last time Russell Westbrook visited Memphis, he took 13 shots. And didn’t make a single one. He called it the worst game of his career and left the arena with a firestorm following him back to Oklahoma City.
This time around, there was none of that. Westbrook made his first four shots and 12 of 20 after that for a game-high 30 points to go with six rebounds and four assists leading the Thunder to a 100-95 win over the Grizzlies.
Westbrook had his jumper going, was getting to the rim and played pretty much under control the entire game, save one little spurt in the third quarter. (Out of nowhere, Westbrook chucked a 30-foot 3-pointer with 11 on the shot clock for no reason. After that he took two other dumb shots but then got it back under control. It’s like he has to have those little outbursts just to get them out of his system.)
But you saw the Westbrook tonight that won a lot of games for the Thunder last season. He hit tough, contested pull-up jumpers in critical situations. He made good decisions, finished open looks and really took control of the game offensively when in reality, the Thunder offense kind of stunk. Keep Reading…