NBA fans were treated to Russell Westbrook at his most ferocious last night, the apex of his combined fury and prodigious athleticism that we figured would be on full display all season in the wake of Kevin Durant’s departure. He led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 105-103 victory over the Houston Rockets, sealing the win with an insane, left-handed finish right in Clint Capela’s face. It is the most vicious posterization you might ever see:
Russ seemingly went up for his left hand just to get a better angle around Capela’s arms, but after the game, we learned that he was also fulfilling a prophecy he made for himself.
“I told Vic before the game that I’d get a left-handed dunk today, didn’t know when,” Westbrook said. “But I guess I saved the best for last, right?”
Oladipo confirmed that Westbrook made the lefty promise: “He told me that before the game. Yes, he did. I don’t know where it came from, but the fact he did it the very last play is incredible. His memory is outstanding.”
These are the sort of things you can do when you’re superhuman: You can make a bet with yourself, and win that bet in the most spectacular, significant fashion all within the context of a different game everyone else is playing. Russ just is on another plane of existence sometimes.