Embiid, Westbrook continued trash talk after triple-OT thriller
NBA.com Global on Dec 17, 2017 08:23 AM
FILE - DENVER, CO - APRIL 9: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder walks off the court after hitting the game winning shot and recording his record breaking 42nd triple-double of the year after the game against the Denver Nuggets on April 9, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Russell Westbrook will not be trolled.
Fed up with Joel Embiid's antics, Westbrook elevated his game and, after the final buzzer, mocked Embiid with a smile and a wave.
"I was telling him, 'Go home,'" Westbrook said.
Russell Westbrook on waving goodbye to Joel Embiid after the buzzer: “I told him to go home.” pic.twitter.com/SUBIhfIIzu— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 16, 2017
Embiid annoyed Westbrook earlier in the game when the 76ers big man waved goodbye toward the crowd after Oklahoma City center Steven Adams fouled out. Westbrook got the last laugh, posting a huge triple-double (27 points, 18 rebounds, 15 assists) as the Thunder prevailed 119-117 in triple overtime.
As usual, Embiid got the last word, taking a swipe at the number of shot attempts Westbrook got.
“He told me to go home. I mean this is my home, so I guess it’s time for him to go home. They won the game, I give them a lot of credit, he did a lot of things, but the dude shot like 10 of 33. I wish I would have shot 33 times, I guess we would have had a better chance of actually winning the game. But you know, he told me to go home, and this is my home and I ain’t going nowhere.”
Indeed, it was the game that kept on giving.