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ON THIS DAY: Russell Westbrook plays last-ever game as member of Oklahoma City Thunder

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PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 23: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts before Game Five of Round One of the 2019 NBA Playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers on April 23, 2019 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE
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Russell Westbrook’s last-ever game as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder was ended by Portland Trail Blazers Damian Lilliard’s series-ending buzzer beater.

The date was April 23, 2019. Westbrook and company were entering Game 5 of the first round of the NBA playoffs down 3-1 in the series.

Back in 2019, ESPN’s Royce Young spoke to Lilliard on scoring 50 points and sealing the Thunder’s fate with that 37-foot shot in the playoff game, which Portland won 118-115.

“It was a great feeling when it left my hands,” Lillard said to Young. “It felt good.”

No one at the time really knew that would be Westbrook’s last game with the Thunder and the way it ended had to sting.

That night, Westbrook ended his 11-year career with OKC averaging 23.0 points, 8.4 assists, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game.

As we all know by now, Westbrook was traded to the Houston Rockets that July for Chris Paul, and the last member of the “Big Four” was gone.

What was your favorite Westbrook moment? Vote below!


Which of these moments is Russell Westbrook most remembered by?

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  • 28%
    Acrobatic layup against Lakers in 2012 conference semifinal game
    (2 votes)
  • 14%
    Winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in 2017
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Russ answering The Oklahoman’s Berry Trammel with "next question."
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Russ’ throwing down one of his approx. 514 dunks
    (0 votes)
  • 28%
    Recording 20 points, 21 assists, and 20 rebounds days after Nipsey Hussle died
    (2 votes)
  • 28%
    Tying Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles
    (2 votes)
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