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Russell Westbrook Makes History as Thunder Cruises to Victory Over Lakers

Craig Hofeld

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The Rundown

Billy Donovan had his guys ready to go against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday afternoon. After slow starts have seemingly become the norm for this team, the Thunder jumped out early on the Lakers. However, Luke Walton’s squad didn’t go away easily. The Lakers fought back and made this game interesting in the fourth quarter, but after an OKC timeout, the Thunder came out and put the Lakers away as they coasted to a 119-103 victory.

More Quick Starts, Please!

Although the Thunder weren’t able to gain too much of a lead in the first quarter, this game was by far one of the better starts in recent weeks. After so many low scoring quarters, OKC produced 34 points in the first 12 minutes. Even though they only led by 6 at the end of the first, there’s no doubt that this is the direction the Thunder wants to be heading for the remainder of the season.

Often times this roster feels like they’re good enough to play from behind early in games. The bottom line is that taking quarters off simply wasn’t getting the job done for this squad. It’s refreshing to see the Thunder come out with some intensity. Let’s hope to see this for the remaining four games.

This Is The Russ I Want To See

Russell Westbrook has been at the head of a number of controversy lately. Whether it’s problems with the fans in the stands, speaking to the media, or getting technical fouls, Russell Westbrook has been all about the drama in the final stretch of the season. 

Personally, I got tired of it. I want to see results on the court. Sure, the Brodie has played well since the All-Star Break, but that doesn’t mean this team has been winning. I want to see wins. I don’t care what your stats are if your team isn’t coming out on top.

Westbrook’s performance tonight sums up who he is as a player. He might not have lit up the scoreboard as far as shooting goes, but he definitely helped his team in other ways. This is the Westbrook I want to see heading into the postseason.

Thunder Player Of The Game

It’s kind of hard not to pick the guy who just made history for player of the game. On Tuesday evening, Russell Westbrook became just the second player ever with a 20-20-20 game with the other being Wilt Chamberlin, who did it in 1968.

Westbrook finished with 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 21 assists. What you have got to love about this one is that Russ wasn’t shooting well, but he found other ways to contribute. It would be nice if Thunder fans get to see more of this heading into the playoffs.

Another One At Home 

The Thunder will be back in action at home again on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena as they host the Detroit Pistons. Detroit will most likely be resting Blake Griffin for the playoffs, but the Pistons still have a few other weapons the Thunder will have to worry about. This will not be an easy win, but OKC needs it.

Tip-off is at 7 PM CT, and the game will be televised on FSOK and broadcast on the radio at WWLS 98.1 FM.

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