Russell Westbrook Dominates in Return and Other Friday NBA Takeaways

November 28th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

The Oklahoma City Thunder recorded the most points they've scored since Nov. 12 in Friday night's 105-78 win over the New York Knicks.

While OKC's defense clamped down on a lineup missing superstar Carmelo Anthony to back spasms, the offense got a jolt from a familiar friend. Three-time All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook returned from a fractured right hand he suffered in just his second game of the season, and he quickly proved there was no lasting impact.

The 26-year-old tallied an impressive 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while converting on 12 of his 17 field-goal attempts.

And he did it all in 24 minutes, a historically efficient rate of production.

The seventh-year veteran won't officially be subjected to a minutes restriction, but his services weren't in especially high demand after the Thunder raced out to a 59-33 halftime lead with help from 20 of Westbrook's points. It's fortunate that head coach Scott Brooks could ease him back into action in his first appearance since Oct. 30, but all indications are that Westbrook is just fine.

"It feels great ...

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