Away from the arena, though, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has fashioned a lower-wattage profile as someone who relishes chances to connect with the Oklahoma community, and to help those in need.
A stat correction left Russell Westbrook a rebound shy of a triple-double Sunday against the Spurs, but he took matters into his own hands Tuesday in a 100-94 win over the Jazz. His defense was spectacular for 48 minutes.
Russell Westbrook led the way for the Thunder with 34 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists in his seventh triple-double of the season.
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Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal torched the Portland Trail Blazers for 51 points on 21-of-37 shooting, recording the most points ever scored at the Moda Center for a single game.
The Jazz had another terrific performance from Mitchell, who has been on fire lately, as he finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range and four assists and five steals. Jazz coach Quin Snyder explained what happened to his squad and how they gave up such a big lead late. Paul George is one of the best defenders in the league.
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Russell Westbrook is a ferocious and emotional competitor on the court, and can be particularly prickly when dealing with the media.
"I think it makes it a lot easier, which makes it a lot more fun", DeRozan said. "We have to play through that". Anthony scored the next time down the floor and Oklahoma City led 90-87. Keep checking back to follow the scores, highlights and updates as the night goes on. Paul George was busy in the electronics aisle, and showed off his skills with a Bop It to 9-year old Makhila and 8-year old Lebron, whose grandmothers Pauline and Terese were shopping with Thunder Girl Anna.
After a Jazz turnover Anthony scored. It was off target, but Adams tipped in the miss to put the Thunder up 97-92 with 43 seconds on the clock.
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After the Jazz regained the lead briefly, George drove to the basket, finishing and picking up the foul to put the Thunder back in front. Utah shot 30 percent in the fourth quarter. "We knew we had to make a push". "It's very satisfying. For us to come in and give us some momentum and the starters come back in and just build on that and just take it up another notch, it was good for us". "We stuck together through adversity and came out and got it done in the fourth".