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Russell Westbrook decided that the offense should run through him in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s nail-biting 95-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Westbrook took a game-high 28 shots, which meant his other two co-stars had to sacrifice. Paul George only attempted 13, while Carmelo Anthony took just six shots.
Anthony said he was fine with yielding for Westbrook, especially on a night where the reigning MVP scored 38 points.
“I’m good with it, if we win,” Anthony told Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript. “I’m cool with that, man. He had it going. Anytime he has it going, you gotta space it out, play off him and let him work.
“The ball will find us. As far as shots go, there’s going to be nights like that, it’s something we have to accept. It’s different, but we have to accept that.”
Anthony has shot poorly throughout the season, and was only 2-of-6 for four points on Monday, but it was still a significant change from the 16.3 field-goal attempts that he averages on a nightly basis. His six attempts were a six-year low.
“It’s definitely an adjustment,” Anthony added.
George, who finished with eight points on 3-of-13 shooting, echoed the same sentiments as Anthony.
“Russ definitely had the hot hand. We were fine with him taking over … he was getting great looks,” George said of Westbrook. “You can’t really be mad about the looks he got.”