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Russell Westbrook Reacts To Getting Benched In Overtime

Russell Westbrook reacts on the court.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after getting called with an offensive foul against Phoenix Suns during the second half of the game at Staples Center on October 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Lakers were down by as many as 21 points at one point in the game, but found a way to storm back and get a much needed win over the Knicks on Saturday night. However, Russell Westbrook wasn't really a part of it.

For the second time this season, the nine-time All-Star was benched in closing time. Westbrook didn't see the floor for the good deal of the fourth quarter, and didn't see any minutes in the extra frame. After the game, Russ seemed accepting of Frank Vogel's decision.

"The best part of the game is that you win," Westbrook said. "... We won the game and that's all that matters."

Westbrook struggled in his 29 minutes on the floor. Scoring a season-low five points on 1-10 shooting, with a half dozen assists and four turnovers. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Malik Monk carried the way for the Lakers. After missing five games, the King showed few, if any, signs of rust. Posting a stat line of 29 points, 13 boards and 10 assists.

AD also turned in another solid performance, with 28 points and 17 rebounds. Meanwhile, Malik Monk gave LA some timely buckets on his way to 29.

Westbrook's teammates have been lifting him up, despite his struggles. It's been hard for the Lakers to really create that on-court chemistry with their Big Three playing together in only 17 games this season.