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It was Washington’s turn to feel Durant’s wrath Friday night, as he shook of early foul trouble and scored 23 of his game-high 34 points in the second half to lead the Thunder to a 109-102 victory inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Durant made 12 of 18 shots and added eight rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. And he did it in only 31 minutes. “That’s what he does,” said Russell Westbrook. “Nobody’s surprised. He’s not surprised at himself. He prepared himself well to get back to where he is and to get back to where he left off.” Oklahoman

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Did you get an explanation on the play you were ejected? It was a big win for us. How did it start? Good win for us tonight. Good win. What were your emotions like seeing that victory in overtime and watching your guys pull through? Great win for us. We did a good job of sticking together and coming through with a win. Oklahoman

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant rejected recent criticism directed at teammate Russell Westbrook's late-game management during the Thunder's two recent losses in Durant's absence. "Who cares what people say?" said Durant, who missed his fourth straight game Thursday. "[He should] just play his game. From watching the last two games, he's the reason why we had a chance to win -- his aggressiveness, getting his teammates involved. "Sometimes it's kind of hard in those situations, knowing exactly what to do when teams are making runs and playing you different ways. But I think he's handled it well. Of course, he's not going to be great every game, but that's how the dice rolls sometimes. I think he's handled it well to lead the team like he's been doing." ESPN.com

Hill measures the players on the seven emotions and categorizes smiles, for example, four ways: true, robust, weak and micro. Consider Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. According to Hill, Westbrook shows a high number of weak smiles or “satisfaction,” and enough “true” smiles, which equate to “joy” and contribute to what has been a highly effective season — averages of 28.6 points and 7.4 assists per game. New York Times

December 23, 2014 Updates

Often criticized for his shot selection, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook said Monday that he needs to cut back on the number of 3-pointers he attempts. "I need to stop taking as many as I'm taking, to tell you the truth," he said. "I'm going to take those down as the season goes along." ESPN.com

"I thought he took maybe two or three too many last night," coach Scott Brooks said. "The ones when his feet are set, those are ones all our guys can make. The ones behind screens off the dribble, those are tough shots. ... But his shot selection for the month of December since he's been back has been good." ESPN.com

December 22, 2014 Updates

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook took exception to questions Sunday about his perceived lack of passing following the Thunder's 101-99 loss to the Pelicans. "It's one game, man. I'm not going to keep answering questions about me not passing when we lose," Westbrook said. "When we won eight in a row, nobody said nothing about me not passing. So I don't want to hear it now." ESPN.com

In those final 298 seconds, Westbrook didn’t pass the ball. Not one time. I don’t mean he got no assists. I mean, he didn’t pass the ball. Westbrook took eight shots, most of them belonging in the dubious category, contested drives or quick long balls. Westbrook made just one of those eight shots and committed another turnover. The Thunder scored a solitary two points in the final 5 1/2 minutes and lost to the Pelicans 101-99 Sunday night. Oklahoman

December 21, 2014 Updates

To maintain his Energizer-Bunny-like stamina, Russell Westbrook works as tirelessly off of the court as he does on it. One does not simply buy his signature Jordan shoes and become Russell Westbrook. Westbrook stresses that to a young buck in a new Foot Locker commercial by putting him through a rigorous day of training. For The Win

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Westbrook played with more control, his passing became contagious and the Thunder’s role players finally were able to get into a rhythm. The result was a runaway 103-94 Thunder victory. It was the Thunder’s fourth straight win, moving OKC to 9-13 while halting the Cavs’ win streak at eight. Westbrook finished with yet another fabulous all-around effort, scoring a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists, six of which came in the second half. Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots in 36 minutes and helped limit Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving to 20 points on 21 shots. “He’s a force,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook. “He plays at another level than any other point guard in this league.” Oklahoman

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