If this is how Russell Westbrook is going to play with a new contract, the Thunder might've wanted to get that deal done a few weeks ago.

He was as good as he has been all season Monday.

The Thunder point guard had his way with the lowly Pistons in a 99-79 blowout. He created good looks. He made pretty passes. He snagged big rebounds. He played stifling defense. He made great decisions.

He played like a guy motivated to prove that he's worth every penny of his new five-year, $80 million deal.

You can't always say that about players who get fat paydays.