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It's been a rocky start and it's taken time but the Oklahoma City Thunder appear to have finally figured things out and are on the right track this season.

They've had trouble integrating Paul George and Carmelo Anthony into the team alongside Russell Westbrook as head coach Billy Donovan has searched for a system to utilize the three ball-dominant players.

After a huge 124-107 win over the Toronto Raptors, the Thunder secured a sixth straight win with the trio all playing an important role.

There's no doubt, however, that it's their MVP who has had the biggest impact on their recent surge and he once again produced a terrific display.

Westbrook finished the game with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 13 assists and shot 11-of-22 from the field.

In typical fashion, the eight-time All-Star also produced the highlight play of the game with another moment of ridiculous athleticism.

After Patrick Patterson saw his three-pointer rim out, Russ soared in from nowhere to power home a thunderous putback dunk to get the fans inside Chesapeake Energy Arena off their seats and into raptures.

This stunning basket also added to his best first half all season long as he had 24 points, six rebounds, and six assists in 24 minutes.

The 28-year-old has returned to the MVP level he was at last year and has become more aggressive to lead Oklahoma City to their longest winning run of the campaign.

His All-Star teammates have often stated how he needs to play his normal game and allow them to figure out their place within the offense.

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In November, his usage rate, shot attempts and scoring were all down and it resulted in their worst stretch.

But over the six-game winning streak, all three have gone up which has coincided with their improvement.

"No question, 100 percent," coach Billy Donovan said of Westbrook setting the tone for the rest of the team, per ESPN. "That's important to us. His energy level lifts our team."

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After an 8-12 start, they have now moved to 20-15, and sit fifth in the Western Conference and only a couple of games back of fourth.

Westbrook has powered this resurgence and Anthony said it's exactly what they needed from him.

"We need that. We need that Russ out there. Not the one who defers to us," he said.

They host the Milwaukee Bucks in their next outing on Saturday as they look to extend their run to seven games and stay in touch with the teams above them in the west.

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