Embiid may have ended that back-and-forth Sunday, and he didn’t even have to open his mouth. Instead, he delivered a monstrous dunk over Westbrook that sent the guard sprawling to the floor.
Joel Embiid says hello to Russell Westbrook pic.twitter.com/7sYPsD6ydC
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 28, 2018
RIP, Russell Westbrook, you had a good run.
Did Embiid purposely attack the rim realizing Westbrook was the only person near it? That’s tough to say, but he did seem to be aware who he leapt over after the dunk. You’ll notice Embiid looks back at Westbrook as he’s picking himself up off the court.
While the Thunder won the last time the two teams took the court, Embiid managed to pull ahead in the individual battle against Westbrook with that dunk.
Westbrook wound up getting the last laugh again, though. The Thunder pulled off the 122-112 win over the 76ers on Sunday. As the clock ran out, Westbrook let Embiid know he prevailed with an icy stare.
Russ dribbling out the clock staring at Embiid this is too good ima faint pic.twitter.com/pRcLU7ZPHR
— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob) January 29, 2018
The loss didn’t deter Embiid from celebrating his dunk, though. He posted a picture of him soaring over Westbrook with the location listed as “Crime Scene Investigation.”
A loss is not going to stop Joel Embiid from getting his troll on. pic.twitter.com/uZSSdD1ugI
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 29, 2018
The next time the two teams play again is next season. Until then, the battle will have to continue off the court.
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