The most dominant part of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 122-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night came from their point guard.
Russell Westbrook dropped 37 points on Kobe Bryant and company while shooting 15-for-29 from the field. Westbrook would also grab 10 rebounds and dish out five assists.
Kobe had this to say after the game.
@russwest44 was cookin tonight. He’s got mamba blood runnin thru his veins . You gave it to me tonight lil bro. C u down the road!
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 6, 2013
This is the kind of respect the Thunder have earned around the league. Having Kobe say something like this about you goes a long way.
Westbrook, more than once, found Kobe trying to check him last night and abused him with isolation dribble moves. He had Kobe on skates and had him guessing and basically did whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted to.
“Cookin’” is actually the perfect way to describe Westbrook last night and what he has been doing lately for the Thunder. It’s very much a momentum and rhythm thing for Westbrook who has been very hot as of late.
A key ingredient to Westbrook’s strong play over the past few weeks has been his strong starts. In his last four games, he’s scored 18, 15, 14 and 13 points in the first quarters. His pull-up jumper is going down early and that opens up the rest of his game for him.
An efficient Westbrook turns the Thunder into probably the best team in the league. It’s only when Westbrook is shooting under 40 percent from the field and turning the ball over that the Thunder look like a team with issues.
We haven’t seen that Westbrook in awhile and if he can be the player he’s been the past few weeks come playoff time, we will definitely be talking about the Thunder playing in the NBA Finals when it’s all said and done.