The Stat Line of the Night — 11/29/10 — Russell Westbrook
Kevin Durant may be the new young face of the NBA and an MVP candidate, but he may not even be the best player on his team. Russell Westbrook has been having an outstanding start to the season and some say he may be more of a reason for the Thunder’s success than even Durant himself. This is not to disparage Durant, who is a stellar player, but instead to say that Westbrook is emerging as one of the new young superstars in the NBA.
Last night he led his team to a 95-89 lead over another great point guard, Chris Paul. Westbrook got the better of Paul mostly with his crunch time play. He scored 12 of his points in the 4th quarter, scoring 6 in a row to tie the game and then adding another 6 for good measure to help establish a lead. He was 9-19 from the field, 2-2 from 3 point land, and 5-6 from the free throw line. He finished with 25 points and 11 assists. He also added 5 steals and 5 rebounds. Westbrook’s 8 turnovers were forgotten after his frenzied 4th quarter dominance.
Some critics of the Thunder thought that maybe they had taken a step back this season, but those critics are beginning to eat their words as another young player on the Thunder roster is beginning to emerge as a true star. Last night, Westbrook won the “Stat Line of the Night”, but he and the Thunder have their eyes set a little higher than just that.