Russell Westbrook was hunched over at the knees as his teammates walked by. Instead of walking out with them, he sat on the sidelines a little longer. Before a 13-0 Magic fourth-quarter run that blasted the Thunder's reserves out of the Amway Center in a 121-108 Thunder loss Wednesday, Westbrook knew the Thunder lost the game well before that. Westbrook finished with a team-best 37 points and 11 rebounds, but 20 of those points came in a desperation fourth quarter in which the Thunder dug itself a hole well before its ninth road loss of the season was complete. It's why Westbrook didn't immediately walk off the court. “I just hate losing, man,” Westbrook said. “One thing I hate with a passion is losing and I know that a lot of that is on me. Every night I go out and try to leave everything I have on the floor, knowing that if we don't succeed, I know I missed something to make sure we put ourselves in position to win the game. “I haven't been doing that. We haven't been winning. Regardless of numbers and all that, it doesn't really matter. You've gotta win games in this league to make an impact and that's the most important part to me is finding ways to get wins.” When the Thunder's offense came unraveled and showed its lack of discipline yet again in the third quarter, offensive rebounds were all it had to find a way to victory. The same ball and player movement seen in the first half went ignored again.
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