The Norman Transcript

Sports

December 10, 2013

Westbrook, Durant rounding into form

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have been one of the top duos in the NBA since 2008.

They might have needed a little extra time to recapture their dynamic form this season following Westbrook’s two offseason knee surgeries, but they’ve let it be known lately that they’re back and better than ever.

That was never more evident than on Sunday night when the Thunder (15-4) raced past Indiana, the team with the best record in the league.

Durant and Westbrook combined for 62 points and 18 assists in the 118-94 dismantling of the Pacers, serving notice to the league that Oklahoma City fully expects to return to the NBA Finals.

“They’ve been good for a lot of years,” Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said. “And then, we also have to still look at Russell as this is part of the process. ... He just finished up his first month of playing. So, he’s feeling much more comfortable out there, and he’s doing a great job.”

Westbrook has started to round into All-Star form this month, showing that he’s fully recovered from the right knee injury that left him on the bench for the Thunder’s second-round exit from the playoffs against Memphis last season.

The point guard, who had a second knee surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a loose stitch, had 26 points and 13 assists in the win over the Pacers. He shot 11 of 17, a performance that followed an 8-of-16 shooting performance in a win at New Orleans last Friday.

The games marked the first time all season Westbrook has shot 50 percent or better in back-to-back games, leading to the question on whether he felt his timing and touch are fully back.

“Almost, sometimes,” Westbrook said. “I’ve just got to continue to play, continue to get better and better and continue to try to win.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 5.49.44 AM.png Julian Wilson, Geneo Grissom take on more suitable roles for 2015 season

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches....

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodard joins successful soccer team in Stillwater

    Haley Woodard has been one of the preeminent multi-sport stars in the state for several years. The Norman North senior is a state champion in track and soccer and has been an integral part of a basketball team that’s been to back-to-back ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Smoke turns corner at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers always say there’s something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon’s most treasured victories. It was a race Tony Stewart ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Roma tops Liverpool

    BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal....

    July 24, 2014

  • Marcus Mariota helps Oregon’s PAC-12 title chance in preseason polls

    LOS ANGELES — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role....

    July 24, 2014

  • Majka wins 16th stage, Nibali leads

    PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna....

    July 24, 2014

  • Aggie’s QB Chuckie Keeton talk dominates Mountain West media day

    LAS VEGAS — Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton got his junior season off to a superb start, only to have it derailed by a knee injury in Game 6....

    July 24, 2014

  • Heavily favored U.S. group faces off against world’s best female golfers

    OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The inaugural International Crown is unique for what it isn’t. Thirty-two elite players from eight countries will compete at Caves Valley Golf Club to determine which nation has the best women’s players in the world. ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Weir, DeLaet attempt to end 60-year Open drought

    MONTREAL — Mike Weir was well aware that it has been 60 years since a Canadian won the Canadian Open....

    July 24, 2014

  • NCAA infractions chair responds to ‘cheating pays’

    The chairman of the NCAA’s infractions committee says a number of factors could be the cause for the lack of activity by the group that prompted Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby to call the enforcement program “broken.”

    July 23, 2014

Facebook