Last night, with his team trailing 91-78 and only 3:23 remaining, Russell Westbrook showed us all why he is the most valuable player this season. It isn’t quite 13 points in 33 seconds, but it’s probably the best thing since. A nearly single-handed 14-0 run in the final 3 minutes to close out the game is something that very few players can pull off. Russ absolutely snatched momentum from the Dallas Mavericks the instant he slammed that ball to pull OKC within eleven. A contested three right in Harrison Barnes’ grill and a Steven Adams putback would cut the Maverick lead down to six before Westbrook bodied Yogi Ferrell down low for a sweet and-one. But he wasn’t finished yet. Still down 91-90 with only 13 seconds remaining, Westbrook would pull up and sink the game winner to complete one of the more impressive comebacks we’ve ever seen in a regular season NBA game. This was special. This was prime Dwyane Wade or Tracy McGrady level savagery. But most importantly, this was Russell Westbrook’s strongest case for MVP all season. Hopefully this performance will make the choice a bit easier for voters.
You can watch every bucket from the 14-0 run here: