Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder: B
In a matchup between point guards known more for their scoring than their passing, we saw a memorable battle between facilitators. WIth eight points, one assist and two turnovers than his counterpart, Russell Westbrook secures the slight edge over Jeremy Lin.
For the game, Westbrook finished with 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, three steals and one block. Although his five turnovers were of concern, that is what you can expect from Westbrook.
When his shots aren't falling, Westbrook can take over a game with his facilitating.
Considering the Thunder scored 120 points, it's fair to assume that Westbrook did his job to perfection. He created perimeter and interior scoring opportunities for teammates, worked his way into openings when attempting to score, and created a flowing offense in which all teammates were involved.
This is exactly what is expected of a point guard. Which is exactly what Westbrook is proving to be.
Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets: B
Some fans will look at the box score and see that Jeremy Lin continues to struggle scoring the basketball. The fact of the matter is, Lin has worked to become more of a pass-first player that looks to involve his teammates.
Against the Thunder, it was a job well done.
Lin finished the game with six points, eight assists, three rebounds and four steals. These are the type of numbers that one should learn to expect from the former Linsanity star, as he has become one of the top passers and ball hawks in the league.
Season averages of 6.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game, prior to the contest, prove such.
A quality performance by the Rockets point guard, which will be a sign of things to come. Lin is legitimate.