The Oklahoma City Thunder guard flies all over the court with bursts of speed that leave his opponents gasping for breath. The Thunder guard scowls, screams and mimics drawing pistols from imaginary holsters after a made basket.
Westbrook's endless motor gives a new visual image of the Energizer bunny that keeps going and going.
"That helps me a lot," Westbrook said. "I try to bring it and help my team gets wins."
When the Lakers (30-30) visit the Oklahoma City Thunder (43-16) tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Westbrook will be only two days removed from securing a signature victory against the Clippers where he took control of the game in the final minutes.
Westbrook stemmed off the Clippers' late comeback by delivering what he does best.
Westbrook blew by a group of defenders for a layup. He set up Serge Ibaka for an open shot. Westbrook then secured the win by swishing a baseline jumper.
Behind Westbrook's 23.4 points-per-game average (first among NBA point guards) and 7.9 assists (fourth overall), teammates and opponents attribute such numbers to the former UCLA and Leuzinger High product's unyielding edge.
"He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He plays aggressive all the time," Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. "He keeps everybody intense and keeps everybody aggressive."
Westbrook's demeanor produces some unwanted side effects, though.
His questionable shot selection has prompted Thunder coach Scott Brooks to sit Westbrook in his five NBA seasons. After Westbrook fired a wild shot in a regular-season game this season against Memphis, his reactions proved even more erratic. Westbrook yelled at teammate Thabo Sefolosha. Westbrook's anger level remained at a boiling point when Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks tried counseling him. Westbrook then knocked over a chair and stormed off the court.
"He's the player he is, and you have to take the good with the bad," Sefolosha said. "At the same time, you have to grow up as a player. If you make one mistake, you have to correct it and move on."
Westbrook even exhibited aggression on Rocky, the Denver Nuggets' mascot. Rocky attempted a half-court shot in between quarters during a game Jan. 20. Westbrook raced over to the basket and blocked both attempts. The antic robbed the mascot's fun and the chance for Nuggets fans to win free chips and queso.
So they booed.
When Westbrook returned Friday to Pepsi Arena, the boos continued.
Westbrook answered by dropping a season-high 38 points on 12-of-23 shooting with a dazzling array of drives to the basket and pull-up jumpers.
"I didn't pay no mind to it," said Westbrook, who was born in Long Beach.
The Thunder say they feel the same way about Westbrook's antics. They see them as harmless as his unique attire that has included tight capri pants, striped shirts and framed glasses.
"I like his swag. It's different," Thunder center Kendrick Perkins said. "Russell takes the most criticism on this team that I've seen from anybody in the NBA and he handles it well. I never see him get down. I think that motivates him to come out and do more."
That's why coaches and teammates believe Westbrook's edginess won't push him over the cliff.
"He wants to win so badly," Thunder forward Kevin Durant said.
"He's such a great teammate. You don't see him or hear him talk about wanting to be the best point guard or being one of the best players in the league. He just tries to go out there and prove it."
In many ways, Westbrook has done that beyond compiling an Olympic gold medal, 24 postseason wins and three NBA All-Star Game appearances.
Emotions ran high after Ibaka earned a flagrant 1 foul after hitting Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin area Sunday. The Clippers parlayed that into a seven-point play to take a 100-99 lead with 1:30 remaining.
But then Westbrook huddled his teammates together.
"Stay focused, man," Westbrook said he told his teammates. "They're going to make a run, just keep your composure and stay focused and know the job at hand."
Westbrook looked focused, particularly when he nailed the 16-foot jumper that gave the Thunder a four-point lead with 26 seconds remaining. After the shot went in, Westbrook glared at his dad in the stands.
"I was looking at my dad because I missed this corner baseline shot a couple of years back" in Game 6 of Oklahoma City's first-round playoff series in 2010 against the Lakers, Westbrook said. "I'll always remember I missed a baseline shot, and every time we work out in the summertime we always talk about hitting that shot and I hit it."
With that, Westbrook has channeled his edginess to enhance his development, a never-ending quest that has propelled him to reach the next level of greatness.