Devin Harris

Westbrook scores 45 points, Thunder beat short-handed Mavs

Just when it looked as if the Oklahoma City Thunder might squander a big lead, Russell Westbrook unleashed his full fury on the Dallas Mavericks.

Westbrook scored 17 of his 45 points in the final 8:23 to help the Thunder beat the short-handed Mavericks 109-98 on Thursday night.

Oklahoma City led by 16 late in the third quarter, but the advantage was down to six when Westbrook checked in after a Dallas timeout. The NBA scoring leader made 7 of 10 shots in the fourth quarter, including 3 of 4 3-pointers.

"I could tell in the timeout that he felt like he was getting ready to kind of explode, to be honest with you," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

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