Thunder get last word, oust Mavs in Game 5
(The Sports Xchange) - Before the Dallas Mavericks tipped off in a crucial playoff game on Monday, team owner Mark Cuban decided to add a little spice to an already burning series with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The outspoken Cuban told reporters that Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was just an All Star and not a superstar.
For most players, the comment would just be background noise. For someone like Westbrook, it was lighter fluid for an already burning motor.
Westbrook helped end the Mavericks' season, leading the Thunder to an 118-104 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook was asked after the game to respond to Cuban's comments. Thunder team mate Kevin Durant jumped in with an assist.
"He's an idiot," Durant said of Cuban. "He's idiot. That's what we've got to say about that. Next question."
Oklahoma City won the series 4-1 to advance to a Western Conference semifinal against the Spurs. Game 1 will be Saturday at San Antonio.
Westbrook racked up 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists Monday, shooting 13-for-23 from the floor. Durant scored 33 points on 11-of-24 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Steven Adams added 15 points and 10 boards.
"I will tell you this, I'm happy he's on my team," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said of Westbrook. "I wouldn't trade him for anybody. There is no question that Russell Westbrook is one of the best players in this league." Continued...