Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook admitted to his questionable shot selection at the end of Friday’s 110-108 loss to the L.A. Clippers.
With two seconds left in the clock, Westbrook took a contested 28-foot three-pointer drifting to his left with his team down two points in regulation when he had a lane available to drive and finish or get fouled.
After the game, he conceded it was the wrong choice to make.
“Yeah, yeah,” Westbrook told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I should’ve probably drove it, but it’s all right.”
Westbrook is shooting 36.8 percent from deep this season and was 3-of-4 from deep prior to his last attempt. After the Thunder clawed back into the game, Westbrook chose to go for the winning bucket instead of another chance in overtime.
“I trust Russell,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “With a guy like Russell, and you don’t have a timeout and you’re not scripting something, I trust him. Because he’s going to try and make a play to help us win.”
Westbrook had made a huge play prior to the last attempt, when he breezed past the Clippers’ defense singlehandedly for a coast-to-coast layup off a made free-throw.
The All-Star point guard and the Thunder now sit at 6-3 and will face their next test against former teammate Serge Ibaka and the Orlando Magic on Sunday.