Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs (Dec 20 12:00 ET )
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook put up 31 points and added 10 assists, while Reggie Jackson came off the bench and added 25 points and five assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a close victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 104-103. The Thunder picked up the victory due in large part to their efficiency handling the basketball, accumulating 21 assists and turning it over only seven times. Oklahoma City (13-14) has now won eight of their last 10 games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Although Russell Westbrook grew up watching Kobe Bryant sink innumerable enormous shots for the Lakers, the Los Angeles native didn't worry when No. 24 had the ball with the game on the line against his Oklahoma City Thunder.
Russell Westbrook scored 33 points against the Warriors on Thursday on 11-of-30 from the field and 8-of-12 from the line, adding three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and three 3-pointers.
The Scoop:It was the Russell Westbrook Show -- a great show, by the way -- in the second half as he posted a ridiculous usage rate of 46.5 to go with an assist percentage of 27.3. Westbrook is easily of the best players in the league and all of his naysayers have decided to hide out for a while. He can stuff a stat sheet like only a few others can and should be viewed as a first-round asset in standard leagues. He might be the best player for Daily Fantasy Sites this side of Anthony Davis.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been a resurgent unit since the returns of both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. After a loss in Durant's season opener Dec. 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Thunder had rattled off seven straight wins to enter Thursday night's game against the West-leading Golden State Warriors with a 12-13 record and just out of a playoff spot. The turnaround has been a reminder that OKC is a legitimate title contender when fully healthy. However, a stroke of bad luck right before halftime of Thursday's game could derail that resurgence. On the final possession of the half, Durant drove to the basket looking for a buzzer-beater before colliding with the defending Marreese Speights. Durant was called for a charge on the play, but the real damage came as his right foot — the same one with the stress fracture that kept Durant out of the season's first 17 games — came down on Speights. Durant turned his ankle in the process, fell to the ground and left the game. Take a look: Reserve Perry Jones took Durant's place to open the second half, with the reigning MVP not returning from the locker room to join his teammates on the bench. TNT's Lewis Johnson reported that Durant had X-rays taken on-site at Oracle Arena, but it appears that it was just a precaution . The Thunder later announced that Durant had suffered a mild ankle sprain and would not return on Thursday. Durant also spoke to reporters after the Thunder's 114-109 loss : The Thunder play at Staples Center vs. the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night but will have a day off before returning to Oklahoma to face the Pelicans on Sunday. They are also part of the NBA's Christmas Day schedule with a marquee game at the San Antonio Spurs, so it figures that everyone around the league would like to see Durant return by next Thursday. Westbrook is capable of leading the Thunder in Durant's absence, but an extended stay on the sidelines or even a nagging injury would be an issue for the team over the course of this season. To make matters worse, Durant was having his best game of the year prior to going down, scoring 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting in 19 minutes. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric