When you show up to the arena rocking a western poncho, you'd better play well.
Russell Westbrook did just that for the Thunder, scoring 20 points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds in their 112-94 drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Westbrook’s elaborate getup closely resembled Clint Eastwood’s garb in the 1966 classic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” so to honor both legends, let’s loosely tie this to basketball!
Plenty to go with here. Oklahoma City shot 46 percent from the floor, 47 percent from 3 and hit 28 free throws. Dion Waiters was sharp, scoring 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Anthony Morrow also kept up his recent hot streak, finishing with 14 points on just four shots. Morrow has scored more than 10 in each of his past three games, matching his total from 30 other outings this season.
Defensively, the Thunder bigs held Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol to 20 total points on a combined 7-of-24 shooting.
Russ w poncho says on way out of lockerroom. "Got my horse outside" pic.twitter.com/V0DGdvyJzj— Dean Blevins (@DeanBlevins) January 7, 2016
Starting “shooting” guards Andre Roberson and Courtney Lee weren’t exactly on fire. Roberson scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes while Lee failed to score at all on six shots in 21 minutes.
The Grizzlies’ title hopes. As we saw back on Dec. 9, this Memphis core seems to have run its course. The Thunder beat the Grizzlies in Memphis that night 125-88 and there wasn’t an ounce of grit or grind to be found. Wednesday’s thumping was just as ugly. Randolph and Gasol don’t look right and the wing combo of Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Lee just isn’t good enough. The Grizzlies are still hanging around but it’s just not the same.