Two games after Magic Johnson said Thunder guard Russell Westbrook turned in the worst half of point guard play in NBA Finals history, Westbrook earned an apology of sorts from Johnson after his 43-point effort in Game 4 Tuesday night.

"Russell Westbrook was amazing," Johnson said. "Maybe I got to apologize to him. He has to play this way to give them a chance to win. Maybe it was my fault judging him as a point guard because he's a scoring point guard. He played a fabulous game. The problem is James Harden has not produced in this series."

Commentator Stephen A. Smith offered a stronger apology to Westbrook. "Let me offer this man a national apology right here on national TV," he said, noting Westbrook picked up the slack because of offensive struggles by Kevin Durant and Harden. "Durant didn't want it bad enough and James Harden didn't decide to show up."