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Russell Westbrook captured his first career scoring title Wednesday night after putting the finishing touch on an achievement he says he never thought possible. After a 37-point night in the Thunder’s 138-113 win at Minnesota on Wednesday, Westbrook finished the 2014-15 regular season with a career-high 28.1 scoring average. In the season’s final few games Westbrook surged past and ultimately beat out James Harden, the former Thunder sixth man who is now the face of the Houston Rockets. Harden, who scored 16 points in the Rockets’ season finale against Utah, finished with a 27.37 scoring average. “I never really thought I’d be winning anything close to a scoring title,” Westbrook said. “But I’d rather be in the playoffs than to win the scoring title, to tell you the truth.” Oklahoman

April 15, 2015 Updates

Royce Young: Westbrook on Kobe taking up for him on Twitter the last few days: “That’s my guy. That’s my guy. That’s my guy. Kobe’s a good friend of mine and being in LA I was able to watch him and see him become a Hall of Famer and one of the best players to play the game. It’s an honor to be able to see somebody like that, to be able to have your back and support you.” Twitter @royceyoung

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The NBA has rescinded a technical foul against Russell Westbrook, meaning the All-Star will not face an automatic one-game suspension while the Thunder battle for a playoff spot. The league's decision will allow Westbrook to play against the Trail Blazers on Monday, one day after he was called for a technical foul in Oklahoma City's loss to the Pacers. ESPN.com

On a night he scored a career-high 54 points, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook also picked up his 16th technical foul, which will enforce an automatic one-game suspension. "I ain't got no view on it," Westbrook said. "He called it and we'll move on from it." ESPN.com

April 12, 2015 Updates

How have you had to adapt or evolve from when you first started coaching in this league to now with how the game has changed? George Karl: I think every year you have to be aware of where the game is going and how it’s changing. Come on. The game, when I got in it in the ’80s, the 3-point shot had no value. Teams were probably shooting the 3-ball less than 10 times a game. Maybe less than five times a game. And now the game is dominated by the 3-ball. And then the hand-checking that was taken off a couple of years ago, giving the freedom where from my early 80 years to probably the early 2000s you didn’t like little guards because you could hold them and grab them and post them up and abuse them and be physical with them. Now little guards are probably a necessity. Or if you’re lucky you have a fast, quick, strong little guard like Russell Westbrook. Oklahoman

April 8, 2015 Updates

At Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night, the Thunder fell to the San Antonio Spurs, 113-88, and it was a rough affair for the team from the very start. It was a low-scoring start to the game, as San Antonio held a 7-5 lead with 7:05 left in the first quarter, but the Thunder’s offense failed to produce while the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard and company heated up, closing the period on a 22-5 run. "They put on a clinic and we didn't respond well," Head Coach Scott Brooks said. "Tonight's game, we didn't have it, but it was more them. They're a very good basketball team. They're healthy and playing at a very high level." "They came out and jumped on us from the get go," point guard Russell Westbrook said. "We just weren't ready for it, but we have another game on Friday and we have to get ready for that one." NBA.com

April 7, 2015 Updates

When he was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game back in February, Russell Westbrook received a brand new Kia SUV as part of the car manufacturer's sponsorship deal with the league. That's a neat little ancillary benefit of winning the MVP, of course, but a free car doesn't really move the needle that much for a well-heeled, highly-paid guy like Westbrook — or, at least, not nearly as much as it would for someone who doesn't make $15.7 million a year. So the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard decided to give it to somebody for whom it would move the needle. Yahoo! Sports

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