Leading the entire game & up by ten with 3mins left, Westbrook decides to wage a scoring duel with Dirk Nowitzki. For the next two minutes, Dirk and Westbrook would trade shot attempts, interrupted only by a missed Kevin Durant three. The tallies:
Dirk: 4-4, 9 points
Russell: 1-3 FG, 0-2 FT, plus a loose ball foul.
Not that you can blame Westbrook. When Durant wasn’t missing long jumpers, he was getting the ball stolen by Shawn Marion or Jason Kidd. Somehow, OK City’s go-to guy down the stretch was… Thabo Sefolosha?