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Oklahoma City Thunder: Can Jeremy Lamb Replace Russell Westbrook?

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Even though things seem dark for the Oklahoma City Thunder when Russell Westbrook went down with an injury that will keep him sidelined until the All-Star Break, today the team got a surprising scoring performance that could help mitigate the loss of the point guard.

The scoring output of second-year guard Jeremy Lamb against the Houston Rockets was the difference maker for the Thunder in a duel where James Harden couldn’t top his former team and Oklahoma defeated Houston 117-86.

The Thunder got off to a quick lead in the first quarter and they cruised through the rest of the game and even though Kevin Durant led the Thunder offensively – finishing with 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists – the production of Jeremy Lamb was quite surprising. Lamb was highly regarded as one of the better scorers since entering the NBA last year and this season he has been making huge strides on both ends of the court.

Lamb started the game on the bench but filled the stat sheet quite nicely – 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and a block – and he took over the role of Westbrook as the second scoring option of the team while on the hardwood. While it’s unlikely to see him starting any time soon as Reggie Jackson is the backup point guard, Lamb is adept to score in bunches coming off the bench and today was the perfect example of what he can bring to the table.

It remains to be seen if Lamb will be able to fill Westbrook’s shoes offensively but today he was up to the task against one of the top teams in the Western Conference. If he can continue putting these kinds of numbers, he will earn a bigger role within the rotation as the season advances.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google