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Russell Westbrook’s Play the Difference in Oklahoma City Thunder Division-Clinching Win

Russel Westbrook's Dominating Performance

Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder clinched the  Northwest Division for the third straight year with their win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The play of Russell Westbrook proved to be too much for the Trail Blazers, ultimately leading to an impressive 16-point victory for the Thunder.

Westbrook had an explosive 33 points in the game with 17 of his points coming in the third quarter. He continued to get to the rim at will, adding more proof to being the most electric point guard in the NBA. He went 10-18 shooting from the field, 2-4 from three point land and 11-12 from the charity stripe.

Westbrook’s offensive efficiency was not the only impressive aspect of last night’s game; he also held sensational rookie point guard Damian Lillard to just 3-14 shooting from the field. Westbrook can certainly play defense when he wants to, and last night was proof. His pesky defense and pick-pocketing skills make him one of the most frustrating defenders in the league. He was able to record three steals and a block in last night’s game.

The Thunder were absolutely dominant while Westbrook was on the floor. He was a +26 in point differential when he was in the game, which was the highest for the entire Thunder roster. Last night was a perfect example of the good Westbrook can do when he takes more shots then his all-star teammate, Kevin Durant. If he is making his shots, then he is absolutely unstoppable; but when he is having an off night, his excessive shot attempts frustrates Thunder fans.

Westbrook may take more shots than Durant, but it is hard to wish he did  not after games like last night. If he plays to the level he did last night on a consistent basis in the playoffs, then it will be hard to stop the Thunder from returning to the NBA Finals.