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Russell Westbrook’s Brilliant Play Keeps Oklahoma City Thunder In Best Record Race

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The race is on to having the NBA‘s best regular season record.

If Russell Westbrook continues to put together a complete game at guard, the Oklahoma City Thunder just might enjoy that distinction.

Westbrook keeps having those games where one thinks he can’t do any better. On Sunday,  the Thunder whipped the Phoenix Suns 97-69, Westbrook scored 24 points and led a terrific defensive effort.

Westbrook had his typical solid performance with 8-of-15 shooting from the floor and 2-of -3 from the 3-point area and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line and added six assists and four steals with 22.5 points and 8.1 assists, plus 5.2 rebounds per game.Westbrook gives the Thunder that consistent threat they need every day to make a run at the league’s best record.

In his fourth season, Westbrook continues to play at his very, very best. He’s been scoring more than 20 points in five of the Thunder’s last six games. His shooting is decent at 42.56 percent and matches his  career average. He’s never been a strong 3-point shooter but makes up for it in other ways.

Westbrook was at his best last season in terms of statistics and hasn’t quite topped that this season but is in the neighborhood. He’s as valuable of a player as anyone on this team and he if continues to be that, then the Thunder could be having home court advantage at the NBA finals. Now is not the time for either Westbrook or his Thunder teammate to cool off. They’re playing their best basketball right now and need to keep doing so through June.