Westbrook reverses trend with game winner

November, 30, 2013
11/30/13
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Mark D. Smith/USA TODAY SportsRussell Westbrook's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining gave the Thunder the win.
Entering Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook was 1-for-20 in his career on game-tying or go-ahead field goal attempts in the final 5 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. But he buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining to give the Oklahoma City Thunder an overtime win.

Westbrook finished with 34 points, giving him an average of 32.5 in a pair of games against the Warriors this season. He’s averaging 18.8 points per game against the rest of the NBA.

This season, Westbrook has scored 22 total clutch-time points (clutch time being defined as the last five minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime with the score within five), with 10 of those now coming against the Warriors. That’s tied with teammate Kevin Durant for the most clutch-time points against Golden State this season.

Westbrook was coming off his two lowest-scoring games of the season. He had six points on 2-of-16 shooting in Wednesday’s win over the San Antonio Spurs. In his last game before that, he had a then-season-low 12 points in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Those two Warriors-Thunder games this season have been decided by a total of two points, with the home team winning by one in each. Earlier this season, it was Andre Iguodala playing the hero, as he hit a buzzer-beater to give the Warriors the win.

Prior to Iguodala's heroics in that Nov. 14 game, Westbrook made another go-ahead 3-pointer with less than 3 seconds remaining to give Oklahoma City a short-lived one-point lead.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Thunder came through with a home win, as Friday’s victory improved Oklahoma City to 8-0 on its home floor this season, the best home start to the season in franchise history (dating back to the Seattle SuperSonics days).

Despite the pair of tight games against the Thunder, the Warriors are just 9-8 on the season and sit outside a playoff spot, although it's still very early in the season. After an 8-3 start, the Warriors have now lost five of their last six, allowing more than 103 points per game in those six games, compared to 96 points per game in their first 11.

Stephen Curry
Curry
Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors on Friday with 32 points, his second 30-point outing in 14 games this season. The first came on Halloween, the team’s second game of the year. He also added a career-high-tying 11 rebounds and five assists Friday, giving him his first career 30-point, 10-rebound, 5-assist game.

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