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Westbrook leading the charge

Point guard's growth helps lift Oklahoma City Thunder to 2-0 first-round lead

Updated: May 1, 2012, 4:37 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook, 23 years old and counting, is proving in this first-round series that he's a full-on man in this league. The way he's commanding his young teammates as Kevin Durant struggles to find his shot against the wise, old defending champion Dallas Mavericks, Westbrook is showing he's a man on a mission.

Durant's buzzer-beater in Game 1 stole the glory, but there's no mistaking that beat of the Thunder right now pounds through the 6-foot-3 point guard-turned-assassin.

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