Russell Westbrook caps off Thunder comeback with game-winner
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 12:09
He's been incredible all season, but he took it to another level tonight - the Thunder closed with a 14-0 run and Westbrook had 12 of those points.
All of those things showed up in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 92-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Westbrook notched his 36th triple-double of the season in the loss with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, but some of his Thunder teammates couldn't pull their own weight. The next trip down the floor, Westrbook didn't miss and he got to celebrate on the Mavs' court after Harrison Barnes' last second three pointer clanked off the rim. They kept at least a 1 1/2-game lead over Memphis for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Eric Gordon drained three 3-pointers in a span of just over two minutes as the Rockets went back up 18 points and led by as many as 25 points in the frame. Then, with the Mavericks leading by 15 at one point, Westbrook led a furious late charge, completely taking the game over, and then notching the shot to take home another win.
The Mavericks had possession with the shot clock off after Westbrook missed a jumper, but Dallas got stuck in the backcourt and had to call timeout.
As Devin Harris attempted to inbound the ball to J.J. Barea, Westbrook got a hand on the ball and deflected the pass off Barea and out of bounds to give OKC the ball back with 13.1 seconds left.
Wesley Matthews and Nerlens Noel led Dallas with 15 points each while Ferrell scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
After holding the Thunder to a low in a quarter this season with just 10 points in the second period, the Dallas defense tried to remain locked in during the third.
Mavericks: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday to start season-ending stretch that features seven of nine on the road.