Westbrook was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston. Westbrook says he's disappointed to be missing the playoffs and he's trying to help his team any way he can while he's out.
The only reasons he's playing are to extend the NBA's longest active consecutive games streak to 394 and give the team a jump start. The Thunder have clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
Westbrook added eight assists and five boards. Hopefully his ejection wasn't too costly to fantasy owners.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard is averaging 29.3 points in his first three games this month.
Westbrook continues to function alongside Kevin Durant as the league's most potent scoring duo, though Westbrook is rarely as efficient as Durant. Durant needed only 21 shots for 34 points on Friday while Westbrook needed 24 field-goal attempts for his 24 points. Durant shoots 50.7 percent from the field on the season while Westbrook is hitting 43.6 percent of his looks.
Westbrook finished with 23 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds for his sixth career triple-double and first since Jan. 28, 2011.
Westbrook handed out nine assists for the second straight contest.
Westbrook is 0 for 14 from 3-point range over his last three contests, and Oklahoma City is 1-2 during that stretch.
Westbrook is shooting a career-high 33.1 percent from long distance this season but he's riding a rough stretch, going 7 for 31 over his last 10 games.
Westbrook is averaging 32.2 points and 5.8 assists in the team's 5-1 run.
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