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Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant with dueling four-point plays (VIDEO)

Dec 8, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

This play was really just the icing on the cake that was the entire first half for Russell Westbrook in the Thunder’s destruction of the Lakers on Friday.

He realizes he has Chris Duhon isolated defending, and after a dribble or two in near the free throw line, he simply backs up and drains the three, with Duhon getting a little too close and committing the foul.

Upside-down finger guns all around — a celebration that was well-justified after a 27-point, five-assist performance that had this game in the win column for the Thunder by intermission.

Kobe Bryant‘s four-point play from the same game may have been even better — dribbling and launching over Hasheem Thabeet as he was fading out of bounds.

We’ll give Westbrook the nod, though, given that his shot actually mattered, and helped cap off just a brilliant overall performance that ultimately was the reason for his team’s victory.

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