Video: Thunder star Russell Westbrook does air guitar celebration in front of Lance Stephenson
With the game tied at 57 late in the second quarter, Stephenson aggressively guarded former teammate Paul George. Stephenson looked determined to stop George, whom he has shared a lot of battles with from their days in Indianapolis.
It can be remembered that Stephenson had some words for George when he decided to ask for a trade out of the Indiana Pacers. Fans inside the Staples Center were also booing George after the superstar snubbed the Lakers in free agency last summer.
However, George seemed unfazed, as he sank a difficult jumper over Lance Stephenson to get an and-one opportunity. Reacting to the play, Russell Westbrook went near Stephenson and started doing the air guitar celebration.
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Stephenson made headlines with the celebration routine earlier in the season. He has been assessed a technical foul for taunting when he did the air guitar theatrics in a game against the Charlotte Hornets. During their Christmas Day showdown with the Golden State Warriors, the veteran guard strummed an imaginary guitar after hitting a big shot to end the third quarter.
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Russell Westbrook also had the final laugh, as his Thunder went on to score a 107-100 road win over the Lakers. The former NBA Most Valuable Player had a triple-double with 14 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. George erupted for 37 points and tallied four steals, while Steven Adams racked up 14 points and 15 boards.
The Thunder improved to 24-13 to solidify their grip on the third spot in the Western Conference standings. On the other hand, the Lakers dropped to eighth after taking their 17th defeat in 38 games. Los Angeles played without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo. They also lost Kyle Kuzma to a back injury earlier in the game.