With an inexplicably stunning comeback, the Thunder where able to defeat the Clippers 105-104 to lead their series, 3-2. While the final ending sequence of the game is warranting the majority of discussion, we must not forget to give credit to the game's superhero Westbrook, who recorded 38 points, 3 steals, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds while shooting 47% from the field. On top of that, he sank three free throws with 6 seconds remaining to deliver the win for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant struggled greatly in game 5 as he shot only 27% from the field. However, Durant was fortunate that his all-star partner Westbrook exploded offensively, or else it would've been impossible for the Thunder to come out victorious. Russell Westbrook is not the superhero just because he made the 3 free throws with 6.4 seconds left to deliver the win for the Thunder, he is a superhero because whenever the Thunder were in need for a bucket and a push to increase the hope for achieving a comeback, he was the only player who consistently stepped up and delivered.
Remember when the Clippers where leading by 15 points in the first quarter, it was no one but Westbrook who started the spark by scoring 5 consecutive to help the Thunder find some momentum. When the Thunder where losing by double digits heading to half time, Westbrook was the one who still had the spirit, and made a couple of 3-point shots to get them to within 6. When Matt Barnes' turnover occurred in the 2nd half, it was Westbrook who took the ball and dished out an assist for rookie Steven Adams to close the deficit to three. When the Clippers where about to close up the way on the Thunder for coming back at the end of the 3rd quarter, it was Westbrook who scored and assisted 15 OKC points consecutively.
With 4 minutes left in the game, Westbrook was the only player among the Thunder players who never allowed any negative aspects and frustration to take over him, and kept fighting no matter what was the price just to finish off his job. He motivated and inspired all his teammates and made sure to let them know that it is never too late to achieve the win. Westbrook was the player who started the impossible comeback mission by making shots, layups, dishing out assists to Durant and the rest of the team. Even though his final 3-point shot was questionable, the fact that he had carried the team up to that point earned him the right to take it, and Chris Paul knew he had to contest it. The outcome was of course a foul on the shot, which led to three free throws which Westbrook made,securing the win for his team.
Westbrook carried the Thunder in the whole game and assumed part of the rule Durant normally plays while KD worked to regain his shooting touch. Westbrook kept fighting till the end of the game, never lost hope, he made the Thunder fan base to witness the faith and spirit he possesses that overflows.
Game 6 will be a new challenge, and we are looking forward for Westbrook to continue playing with the same rhythm he played in game 5 and stay focused. If Durant can regain his high level of performance, the Thunder will have a great chance to close out the series in game 6.