Before game five, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the Thunder-Mavs series had two superstars on the floor. Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki. He left Russell Westbrook out. He said he was just "an all-star."
In OKC's 118-104 win, Westbrook wasn't just an all-star, but a superstar. He narrowly missed a triple-double scoring a game high 36 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists. Kevin Durant was stellar as well scoring 33 points. It means the Thunder end the Dallas Mavericks season winning the series four games to one.
After the game, Durant said of Cuban's comments about Westbrook, "he's an idiot."
Steven Adams also put on a great performance scoring a playoff career high 15 points.
The news wasn't as jolly for Adams' Stache Brother Enes Kanter. In the fourth Kanter took a knee to the side from Justin Anderson which forced him to leave the game, go to the locker room and not return to the contest. Kanter did return to the bench for the finish of the game, but did have a very noticeable limp. There's no word on his condition just yet.
This series has been defined by physical play. There was yet another instance of an extracurricular activities during play. Late in the fourth Russell Westbrook hit the ground diving for a loose ball and Justin Anderson fell on top of him elbowing him in the face. A technical foul was assessed to Anderson. After the game, Westbrook didn't wait around to shake hands with the Mavs.
Next up the Thunder travel south to San Antonio to begin their seven game series with the Spurs on Saturday.