June 16, 2012
Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the last Bruin standing in the NBA Playoffs. His Thunder team is tied 1-1 with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
Russell Westbrook, G (fourth NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, Western Conference/Northwest Div., 47-19 regular season, first-place/second seed in Western Conference, defeated No. 7 seed and defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks 4-0 in their first round playoff series, won series with No. 3 LA Lakers in semifinals, 4-1, won series with No. 1 seed San Antonio in finals, 4-2, plays Miami in NBA Final, series tied 1-1)
On June 15 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder could not overcome a 17-point Miami lead and lost for the first time at home in the playoffs (9-1), dropping a 100-96 decision to the Heat as the NBA Championship series is now tied at 1-1. Miami jumped out to an 18-2 lead, with Oklahoma City missing 11 of its first 12 shots. The teams will now travel to Miami where the Heat will host three consecutive games. For the Thunder, Westbrook started and played a team-high 41 minutes, with 27 points (10-26, 2-6, 5-7/has scored 20 or more points in four consecutive playoff games, second consecutive game of 27 points/has scored 20 or more points in 12 of 17 playoff games), team-high tying eight rebounds (has averaged 8.0 rebounds in three consecutive playoff games), game-high seven assists and one steal, with just two turnovers.
On June 12 in Oklahoma City, the Thunder improved to 9-0 during the playoffs at home (Chesapeake Energy Arena) as Oklahoma City came back from a 13-point second quarter deficit to defeat Miami, 105-94 in Game 1 of the NBA Championship series. The Thunder outscored the Heat 58-40 in the second half (Miami led 54-47 at halftime) and had 24 fastbreak points, limiting Miami to just four. For Oklahoma City, Westbrook started and played 42 minutes, with 27 points (10-24, 0-4, 7-9/scored 18 points after halftime/has scored 20 or more points in 11 of 16 playoff games, including three consecutive), with eight rebounds (second-highest single-game playoff total/has averaged 8.0 rebounds two consecutive playoff games), a game-high 11 assists (second-highest single game playoff total/has 10 or more assists in two of last three playoff games) and one steal, with only two turnovers. With 16.4 seconds left in the third quarter, Westbrook converted a three-point play that gave Oklahoma City a 74-73 advantage.
Heading into game three of the NBA Championships among players ranked in the Top 10 playoff statistics, Westbrook (17 games) is No. 7 in scoring (22.4ppg) and steals (1.65spg) and tied for No. 6 in assists (6.0apg).
Westbrook's Playoff Stats: 17G/17GS, 37.6MIN, 5.5RB, team leader 6.0AST, team leader 1.65STL, 22.4PPG (No. 2 team scorer).
Westbrook's Final Regular Season Stats: 66G/66GS (has started every game), 35.3MIN, 4.6RB, team-leading 5.5AST and 1.7STL, 23.6ppg (No. 2 team scorer).
NBA Finals (Oklahoma City vs. Miami, series tied 1-1) - Eastern Conference Champion No. 2 Miami vs. Western Conference Champion No. 2 Oklahoma City (regular season series was tied, 1-1) - Game 1 - June 12 at OKC (OKC 105, M 94); Game 2 - June 14 at OKC (M 100, OKC 96); Game 3 - June 17 at Miami; Game 4 - June 19 at Miami; Game 5 - June 21 at Miami; Game 6 - June 24 at OKC; Game 7 - June 26 at OKC.
Western Conference Finals (Oklahoma City wins series, 4-2) - No. 1 San Antonio vs. No. 2 Oklahoma City (S.A. won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 27 at S. A. (S.A. 101, OKC 98); Game 2 - May 29 at S. A. (S. A 120, OKC 111); Game 3 - May 31 at OKC (OKC 102, S.A. 82); Game 4 - June 2 at OKC (OKC 109, S. A. 103); Game 5 - June 4 at S.A. (OKC 108, S.A. 103); Game 6 - June 6 at OKC (OKC 107, S.A. 99).
Semifinals (Oklahoma City wins series, 4-1) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 3 Lakers (OKC won regular season series, 2-1) - Game 1 - May 14 at OKC (OKC 119, LAL 90); Game 2 - May 16 at OKC (OKC 77, LAL 75); Game 3 - May 18 at Lakers (LAL 99, OKC 96); Game 4 - May 19 at Lakers (OKC 103, LAL 100); Game 5 - May 21 at OKC (OKC 106, LAL 90).
First Round Playoff Series Series (Oklahoma City wins series 4-0) - No. 2 Oklahoma City vs. No. 7 Dallas (OKC won regular season series, 3-1) - Game 1 - April 28 - at OKC (OKC 99, Dallas 98); Game 2 - April 30 at OKC (OKC 102, D 99); Game 3 - May 3 at Dallas (OKC 95, D 79); Game 4 - May 5 at Dallas (OKC 103, D 97).