Kurt Helin

Watch Russell Westbrook’s driving game-winning layup (giving him 51)

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Russell Westbrook had his first triple-double of the season — 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. It’s the first 50-point triple double since 1975, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it.

And those last points came on the game-winning driving layup.

The Thunder are 2-0 to start the season and Westbrook is putting up his MVP numbers. It’s a long campaign, but OKC fans have to love the start.

Watch DeMar DeRozan throw it down over Tristan Thompson

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There was a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals Friday night in Toronto — Cleveland came to town.

And while the result was the same — Cleveland won despite some controversy late — but the Raptors did have the highlight of the night, when DeMar DeRozan got up and threw it down on Tristan Thompson.

Insert your own “LeBron said this would happen” joke here.

 

PBT Extra: Credit Sixers players for stepping up in anthem controversy

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The Philadelphia 76ers made a mistake on their opening night national anthem — they told Sevyn Streeter she couldn’t perform because of her “we matter” shirt.

The organization has admitted its error — but it wouldn’t have happened except for the Sixers players. Philadelphia stood by its stance she shouldn’t have performed until its players met for 40 minutes after practice to discuss a potential protest. By Friday afternoon, the Sixers admitted their mistake.

In this PBT Extra, I try to give credit where it is due.

Watch Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas throw down alley-oop

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Friday night features a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals — Cleveland vs. Toronto.

If Toronto is going to become a real threat to Cleveland, Jonas Valanciunas is going to be a big part of that. The skilled Raptors big man is tough to match up with. He showed that in the first quarter when Valanciunas finished an alley-oop with authority.

Toronto has a long season to figure out how to truly challenge Cleveland.

Watch Kawhi Leonard rip ball out of Ben McLemore’s hands. Twice.

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You almost pity Ben McLemore.

The Kings’ swingman trying to prove his worth got the ball on the wing Thursday night, looked up and Kawhi Leonard was there. Then Leonard proceeded to literally rip the ball out of his hands and go to the other end for a layup.

McLemore did not learn his lesson. Next time down the court he again gets the ball on the wing, again Leonard is on him, and McLemore shows him the ball — and gets stripped again. This time McLemore fouls Leonard on the layup at the other end.

The lesson here — showing Kawhi Leonard the ball is like saying “Candyman” into a mirror five times. It doesn’t end well for you.