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Russell Westbrook impresses again with powerful dunk in WCF Game 5 (Video)

Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) and San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard chase a loose ball during the first half of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in San Antonio
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook (0) and San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard chase a loose ball during the first half of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

For the first few days of the 2014 NBA postseason, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was a target of heavy criticism. With the Thunder struggling against the Memphis Grizzlies, many commentators said Westbrook was too out of control to lead OKC to a title and simply lacked the requisite steadiness. Since then, Westbrook has been unreservedly terrific. In Tuesday's series-tying Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, Westbrook decimated the San Antonio Spurs for 40 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, becoming the first player to hit those marks in a playoff game since Michael Jordan in 1989.

Westbrook showed few signs of slowing down early in Thursday night's Game 5. With roughly 2:45 remaining in the first quarter, Westbrook drove to his left past the defending Kawhi Leonard and elevated for a ludicrously powerful right-handed slam. Check it out below:

From the AT&T Center, Yahoo's own Marc Spears tweeted on the aftermath of the dunk:

Indeed, Marc. Although, if you ask his critics, they'll tell you Westbrook isn't a real point guard anyway.

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