Thank you, Russell Westbrook; a trip down memory lane

Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)
Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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The improbable comeback, game 5.

Russell Westbrook did not have the best 2018-19 season. Our last truly spectacular “where were you at when this happened?!” moment came in the 2018 playoffs.

The Utah Jazz gave the Thunder fits all series, especially Ricky Rubio who dominated Russ in that series before getting hurt.

For game 5, I was in Loud City, row A, section 303.

The Thunder came out, down 3-1 in the series, and fell behind by 25 points in game five.

The team was, obviously, playing bad, and it looked as if this season was over.

For the first time in OKC Thunder history, the team was booed off the floor as they were heading into halftime. Not by one or two inebriated people in the stands either.

The Thunder were down 71-47 at the eight-minute mark in the third quarter.

I remember my sister asking me if there was any chance the Thunder could come back, I said no.

But with each Westbrook three, each Paul George bucket, the crowd got louder and louder. My sister got more confident, and the comeback got more real.

Russell Westbrook nailed a three-pointer with half a minute left in the third quarter to tie the game at 78 all.

The roof came off the arena, and the seats were shaking. No not because of an earthquake, though I have been in the arena for one of those when the Thunder were playing, just due to the sheer volume of Thunder Nation.

That was the last game we saw Russell Westbrook’s signature “cotton shot” where he takes a jump shot off the dribble in the mid-range game.

The Thunder saw their lead grow to 100-93 with four minutes to play, and the fans and Utah Jazz could feel it. History had sat in. The Thunder survived to live another day in the 2018 playoffs.

Russell Westbrook scored a playoff franchise-high 45 points, with 15 rebounds and seven assists. George posted 22 second-half points, and most notably, Carmelo Anthony spent most of the comeback on the bench as Donovan finally favored Grant with his back against the wall.

George finished with 34 points as he and Russell Westbrook were the only two players for Oklahoma City to notch double-digit points.

Another What if: “What if Andre Roberson does not get hurt this season?”