Breaking their nasty habit of losing in overtime rounds, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to get a big victory over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.
The 129-123 win in the extra round was a huge deal because it showed that the Lakers are actually able to stick with their opponents no matter how long a game is.
The victory was possible because of multiple buckets from Dennis Schroder, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis.
And Russell Westbrook also was a pivotal part of the win.
Russell Westbrook has scored or assisted on 4 of the Lakers' 6 field goals here in overtime.
— Lakers Daily (@LakersDailyCom) February 1, 2023
In fact, Westbrook came alive in overtime.
As noted by Lakers Daily on Twitter, Westbrook scored or assisted on four of the Lakers’ six field goals at the start of overtime.
Altogether, he earned 2 points, 1 rebound, and 3 assists and became the most important player on the court during those extra five minutes.
For the night, Westbrook was good for 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Despite a rough 25% three-point percentage, it was a strong night for Westbrook who shot 53.8% from the field.
It was his second game in a row that Westbrook scored exactly 17 points.
It also comes after a period of up and down output from the Sixth Man of the Year candidate.
Westbrook’s shooting percentage has been all over the map lately, sometimes as low as 23% and sometimes as high as 55%.
Inconsistency from Westbrook is nothing new for the Lakers or their fans, which makes it all the more frustrating.
But Tuesday was an impressive showing from Westbrook and fans are hoping that he is getting back on track as he was just last month.
Meanwhile, rumors about Westbrook being traded before the deadline are starting to swirl again.
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