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Westbrook supported his teammates, now they need to return favor

OKLAHOMA CITY  Shortly after the Thunder's 113-109 loss to Houston in Game 4 on Sunday, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams sat down at the postgame interview podium in the lower bowels of Chesapeake Energy Arena.

There was no avoiding the inevitable.

Oklahoma City watched another late lead slip away while Westbrook was on the bench. There was bound to be a question, prodding at a possible explanation to the Thunder's struggles when Westbrook is on the sideline.

For the season, the Thunder have a plus-251 point differential when Westbrook is on the court. The Thunder are minus-189 when he's sitting on the bench. So far in the playoffs, the Thunder are plus-3 with Westbrook on the floor and minus-40 with him off.

Westbrook clocked 39 minutes on Sunday. When he was on the court, the Thunder outscored the Rockets by 14 points.

The nine minutes he was off? The point differential swung like a pendulum to minus-18.

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