Russell Westbrook had 30 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in Oklahoma City's 124-107 win over the Raptors on Wednesday. Westbrook has begun to play like his MVP self of late and has a PER of 39.1 over his last five games.
"I think the fact that Russ is just playing -- not trying to defer to anybody, to any one of us -- just playing his game and letting us play off him ... I think he's much more effective by doing that rather than deferring to myself or Paul (George)," Carmelo Anthony said. "We know what we bring to the game. We understand it. We accept it. And by that, he's able to just play his game, relax and do what he does best. We need that. We need that Russ out there. Not the one who defers to us. Let us figure it out."
Anthony has slid to a more auxiliary role.
"It takes time to get used to one another," Anthony said. "I said this early in the season: Nothing happens overnight. It takes time for everybody to figure it out. This was all new, and it's still all new, but the more time that goes by, the more we're able to figure it out. Learning each other, figure out each other's tendencies. But I think the most important thing is we're starting to accept what we bring to the game and what we bring to the team, and everybody's honoring that."