May 7, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) attempts a shot against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) during the second quarter in game two of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014: Russell Westbrook with a huge jam (GIF)


 

Heading into Wednesday night’s game 2 showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Thunder didn’t quite have a must-win game on their hands because they were not facing elimination, but they certainly had their backs against the wall.

After losing game 1 at home in blowout fashion, 122-105, they did not want to head west to Los Angeles in an 0-2 hole.

During the second quarter, it looked like that could be the case. The Clippers fought back to erase an 11-point deficit to take the lead. The Thunder, however, ended the half on a strong note, taking a 61-56 lead into the break.

In the third quarter, they blew things open, using a 25-9 run to push their lead to 20 late in the quarter.

During the run, Russell Westbrook blew by Chris Paul and finished with a huge dunk to push the lead to 80-68.

Here are two different angles of the jam.

(Thanks to @JDonSports for the GIF).

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