Payne is only a rookie, but he seems to have learned already what Jeremy Lamb didn’t pick up on—always play along with Russ’s rituals.
Whatever the routine was, it worked. Westbrook finished one rebound shy of a triple double in Oklahoma City’s 122–112 win over the Nuggets, with 30 points, 12 assists and nine boards.
Oklahoma City improved to 21–10 while Denver fell to 12–19.
- Dan Gartland