The contest had it all from some trash-talking by Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith and Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, to a controversial ending that will be leading plenty of sports shows on Tuesday.
On the final play, Tom Brady threw into the end zone for Rob Gronkowski, who was hauled down by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly with the ball in flight. However, the flag initially thrown was picked up, the refs ruling the ball was uncatchable due to a Carolina defender intercepting the pass.
Prior to that madness, there was the third quarter, which did not feature a single incompletion by either quarterback.
Dion Jordan Mens Jersey Westbrook scored 16 of the Thunder鈥檚 final 18 points, but he was still mad when he clanked a 19-foot jump shot off the rim that would have put the team ahead. He let head coach Billy Donovan know that he wouldn鈥檛 disappoint if they got the ball back.
鈥淚 told him I鈥檓 not gonna miss another one,鈥?Westbrook said.
Still, Oklahoma City needed the ball back. They smothered Dallas in the backcourt once, forcing a timeout and another inbounds play. On the second, Westbrook read a pass perfectly, leaving his man to tip it out of bounds and off J.J. Barea. If you wanted to see more than triple-doubles 鈥?which, by the way, he recorded his 37th one on Monday 鈥?there you have it. If you need to see winning plays from Westbrook, not just him tallying up uncontested rebounds, then just rewatch the final 3:30 on Monday. Everything Westbrook did contributed directly to a win.