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November 12, 2012

Thunder blast Cavaliers at home

NORMAN — OKLAHOMA CITY -- Scott Brooks is a traditional coach. He has certain patterns and routines for his Oklahoma City team that rarely change from game to game.

But Brooks also knows when to ride a hot hand. With his team in need of a boost, he stuck with Russell Westbrook during a crucial stretch Sunday against Cleveland and it turned into a 106-91 victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Westbrook led all scorers with 27 points, to go along with 10 assists and six rebounds. But it was his timely baskets down the stretch that were the most critical for Oklahoma City (5-2).

“My gut was telling me to keep him in there,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “I just felt that we needed his toughness in tonight’s game. And his 3-point shooting. He finally hit some 3-point shots. He’s worked on and he will continue to work on it. One was a lucky shot, but other than that, they are shots he can make.”

The Thunder had an 11-point halftime lead that was whittled down to six and the Cavs looked like they were going into the final period with momentum on their side. But Westbrook drained a halfcourt shot as time expired to push the lead back to nine points.

“That hurt,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “I kind of relayed the message that we had a foul to give. We wanted to take the foul once they caught it and started dribbling up the court. Boobie said he just thought Russell was going to throw up a bad shot. I think that kind of shifted the momentum.”

Westbrook wasn’t done. He came out in the fourth and hit consecutive 3-pointers to kick-start a Thunder blitz that Cleveland was unable to recover from.

“It hurt, it hurt,” Cleveland’s Daniel “Boobie” Gibson said. “But what hurt more was when we came out of the time-out, we didn’t bounce back and really let them guys get a lead. And when you have a closer like Kevin (Durant), it’s tough to come back from that.”

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