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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook posterizes Milwaukee Bucks' Thon Maker

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Alex Butler

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook threw down a thunderous slam-dunk against this Milwaukee Bucks.

And he pulled it off against a 7-footer.

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Westbrook scored a game-high 40 points in the Thunder's 97-95 loss Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

But his most exciting moment came with about 1:17 left to play in the third quarter. The Thunder trailed 71-64 at the time of Westbrook's emphatic thrown down.

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Westbrook took a pass from Raymond Felton before taking a few dribbles into the lane. The 6-foot-3 point guard was surrounded by five Bucks players. He jumped up and jammed the ball with just his right hand, flying into the chest of Bucks rookie Thon Maker.

After making the shot, Westbrook turned on his best mean mug face. He also earned congratulatory gestures from the Thunder's bench.

"Nothing. I do that. That's what I do," Westbrook told reporters after the game, according to ESPN.

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Maker had three points and five rebounds in the win. Westbrook also had 14 rebounds and nine assists in the setback. Giannis Antetokounmpio scored a team-high 23 points and had 12 rebounds and six assists for the Bucks.

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The game also ended on a dunk, but that one came at the hands of Antetokounmpo. His slam with 00.9 seconds remaining gave the Bucks their final lead. That dunk didn't come without controversy, as he appeared to step out of bounds before the baseline throw down.

Antetokounmpo's bucket was right in Westbrook's face.

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"Coach trusted me having the ball late and making that play," Antetokounmpo told reporters after the game, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I just tried to go and do what I do best, drive the ball to rim and try to make something happen."

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