Russell Westbrook has been on the receiving end of non-stop hate lately. He desperately needed a bounce-back night and the Los Angeles Lakers guard delivered on Friday in an OT win over the Toronto Raptors, leaving Drake absolutely stunned.
With just 10.3 seconds left in regulation and down by three, Russ picked Scottie Barnes’ pocket, raced down the floor, and drained a game-tying three to force an extra period. Drake’s face says it all:
“They scream out my failures and whisper my accomplishments” @russwest44 game tying 3 in front of @Drake pic.twitter.com/Hv4JBAhuYj
— Late Night Lake Show (@LateNightLakers) March 19, 2022
Here is the play:
🚨 RUSSELL WESTBROOK STEAL AND TIES IT WITH 0.4 LEFT! 🚨pic.twitter.com/82fCTcHy3R
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 19, 2022
I’m sure everyone else in the Scotiabank Center felt the exact same way. Westbrook came up huge for the Lakers, who collected their first road win in 11 games. The veteran was truly a Swiss Army knife in this contest, posting a stat line of 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while going 4 for 7 from three-point territory. He was previously shooting just 11% in the month of March from deep.
The Lakers went on to outscore the Raps 12-7 in overtime, with LeBron James finishing with a game-high 36 points as he continues to defy age. The victory also ended a three-game losing skid for Los Angeles, who still remain in a play-in spot.
Hopefully, this is the start of Russell Westbrook turning things around. If the Lakers are going to create any noise in the playoffs, they’ll need him to keep playing at this level on a nightly basis.
LA will be looking for another win on Saturday in the tail-end of a back-to-back against the Wizards.