If the Thunder end up playing the Nuggets in the playoffs, Russell Westbrook vs. Rocky might be among the most highly anticipated matchups.
Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard made a new enemy on Sunday night in Denver, but not with any of the Nuggets players of coaches. Instead, Westbrook picked a fight with Denver’s mascot “Rocky.”
During a break late in the fourth quarter, the mascot went to attempt a backwards shot from half court. But, for some unknown reason, Westbrook moved underneath the basket and committed goaltending. Rocky pointed at Westbrook from across the court, and then attempted a second shot from long range.
Again, Westbrook blocked it.
As the double-denial drew boos from the Denver crowd, Westbrook gave them more to be upset about. Down 105-96, he scored four straight points after blocking Rocky and rallied the Thunder back, hitting a 3-pointer in the final minute to force overtime. But Denver would deny Oklahoma City’s comeback attempt in the extra session, holding on for a 121-118 win.
“Russell made a lot of friends here,” Nuggets coach George Karl said after the game, via The Denver Post. “He’s a feisty guy who likes to create intensity. I like intensity. I’m sure the next time we’ll have some locker room talk.”