‘Different for Me’: Russell Westbrook Explains How Lakers Fans Gave Him a New Experience on the Road

Published 10/27/2021, 1:08 AM EDT
Oct 26, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) runs across the court to get pumped up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers held their nerves against San Antonio winning the game in overtime. They extend their win streak to two games and look all settled as a new team. However, a bigger boost for them would be that they did it all without LeBron James who sat out due to an ankle injury. Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis exploded for big nights to take the Lakers home.

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The game was full of ups and downs for the purple and gold. While it looked like anyone’s game at the half way point, the third quarter changed things. Spurs went on a significant lead of 12 points entering the fourth full of confidence. But the Lakers fought and quickly covered the deficit. After missing all free throws in the fourth, the Spurs were down by two and an offensive put back saw them tie the game.

Oct 26, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots a basket in the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Being away from home, the pressure of the opposing fans is no joke. However, Laker fans were all over the arena and Russell Westbrook felt the rare love.

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Russell Westbrook gets the laker experience

Despite being in the Spurs, cheers for the Lakers were loud all night. There was no booing or hostility towards the purple and gold because of the widespread of the their fans. In the post game interview, Russ admitted that it was new for him to be cheered in an away arena and that it felt amazing to be cheered on by Laker fans.

Westbrook said: “Well, I’ll tell you different for me. I’m not used to people cheering for me on the road, that’s a different experience for me which is good. You know, Laker fans all accross the world which is an amazing feeling. Tonight we represented.”

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Due to LeBron missing out, Russell Westbrook got the chance to have the ball in his hands. Likewise, he did what he always does. Russ exploded for 33 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds shooting 55% from the field. Davis also had a huge game with 35 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks to guide the Lakers home. Monk got in instead of LeBron and put up 17 points including a crucial three in the fourth quarter.

For San Antonio, center Jakob Poeltl had a career night with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocking shooting an impressive 76% from the field. Murray put up a triple double with 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds but did not shoot the ball well. Walker and Vassell combined for 40 points off the bench helping the Spurs stay in the game.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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