Russell Westbrook had a monster game — 43 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists – to lead the Thunder to a 109-106 win over Jazz on Monday.
His biggest moment came late in the fourth quarter. With Oklahoma City down one and 19 seconds left, Westbrook grabbed a defensive rebound and drove for an old-fashioned three-point play in transition to put the Thunder up one.
But that play – and, by extension, Oklahoma City’s win – is tainted by the NBA acknowledging Westbrook should have been called for loose-ball fouling Rudy Gobert while going for the rebound. Per the Last Two Minute Report:
Westbrook (OKC) pushes Gobert (UTA) and dislodges him from his rebounding position.
A correct call would’ve put the Thunder in the penalty and given Gobert – who’s making 67% of his free throws this season and 62% for his career – two attempts from the line.
That’s up to a five-point swing in a game Oklahoma City led by just two when the Jazz began intentionally fouling.
The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.
This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.
Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:
The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.
For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.
Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.
The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.
Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.
David West is 37 years old.