Joel Embiid stared down Russell Westbrook after a thunderous poster dunk

Wizards-Thunder Recap: Russell Westbrook, Thunder Defense Too Much for Wizards

Russell Westbrook shines as the Thunder beat Washington

Embiid was on the bench at the time, but Westbrook shot a glance in his direction as he paraded to midcourt in celebration. "They're waiting on you, so they're a good defensive team, and that helps them on the offensive end as well".

Monday, he made the Sixers' first three-pointer of the night against the Milwaukee Bucks in a game with possible playoff implications.

Well, that was then, and on Sunday Westbrook was all about the back-and-forth, particularly after getting the last laugh.

The star center had 27 points (10-of-14 from the field) and 10 rebounds, and threw down a vicious dunk on Russell Westbrook.

Russell Westbrook's Thunder swept Joel Embiid's 76ers yet again this season.

Westbrook shined, but that doesn't take away from Simmons' showing. It's what he does best.

You don't want to compromise Jo's longevity for the sake playing him more often.

Sunday's 76ers-Thunder game was much anticipated among National Basketball Association fans for the promise of more high drama after the team's first meeting, a contentious affair that Oklahoma City won in triple-overtime.

Embiid posted a picture of himself dunking all over Westbrook on Instagram about an hour after the game had concluded, and tagged a very perculiar location. He has averaged 24.4 points per game over the course of his 15-year career, but he is averaging a career-low 17.6 points per game this season. When he's on the court, he's a monster. He played 52 minutes the Monday prior to his injury and was averaging over 38 minutes per game in January. At 27-22, Washington isn't in frightful shape, but considering their past playoff failures, the onus is on them to make more progress and the pressure is on.

Remarkably, in the first half it didn't prevent the Sixers from keeping things close. But as much as Westbrook has improved at anything the past few years, it's at self-correcting and re-aligning his emotions to channel them properly.

The Thunder rank third in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.2) while the 76ers rank last (19.5). George, typically calm and cool, erupted after a momentum 3, hopping his way to courtside fans with both arms up. "We just couldn't find out".

The Washington Wizards are a great team when they are playing well.

Embiid might have walked out of the arena with a loss, but he took another shot on Instagram after the game.

Cousins done for season, George will replace him at All-Star Game • The New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn left Achilles in Friday night's 115-113 victory over Houston and is done for the season.

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