Sorry, NBA. We’re not taking any more submissions. Russell Westbrook just locked up Pass of the Year.
The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard proved why he’s an MVP front-runner Thursday night, tallying his 34th triple-double of the season in a 123-102 win over the Toronto Raptors. But one of his game-high 16 assists was a cut above all the rest.
Late in the second quarter, Westbrook picked off a Toronto pass, raced up the court and fired one of the most incredible bounce passes you’ll ever see.
This needs to be watched a few times to be fully appreciated.
Westbrook let go of the pass from behind half court, and it skipped perfectly between the legs of Raptors guard Cory Joseph as he ran down the court.
The pass also perfectly hit Victor Oladipo in stride for the easy layup. If we tried that pass 100 times, we’d probably fail 100 times.
All things considered, it was a tough night for Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry to pull off his own between-the-legs pass, which looked like child’s play compared to Westbrook’s dime.
Yup, the bar officially has been raised. And it’s no surprise that Westbrook is the one who raised it.
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