April 13, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a dunk during the second quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Westbrook throws down nasty slam dunk vs. Spurs (GIF)

The Oklahoam City Thunder were going through a stretch earlier this year when they were without Russell Westbrook and things were going very well for them. This caused a lot of pundits to ponder whether the Thunder even needed Westbrook and his so-so return to the lineup further fueled this notion.

But since then, Westbrook has been playing lights out and he’s been showing flashes of pure awesome brilliance to show up the critics who said the Thunder didn’t need him. Case in point was a sick pump dunk he threw down against the Spurs on Thursday night.

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The Thunder may be able to play well without Westbrook, but they’re clearly an outstanding team with him in the lineup and they feel a lot better about his pump dunks when he does them in an OKC jersey as opposed to any other kind.

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