Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook looks at the scoreboard as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 121-112. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

OKLAHOMA CITY - With three minutes left in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook walked up the sideline during a stoppage of play, and a young fan sitting courtside reached out and hit him on the arm. Westbrook spun around and stared at him. The child sat down.

“He hit me,” Westbrook said, “So I told his dad, ‘Be careful, man, you can’t have your son just hitting random people.' I don’t know him, he don’t know me. So, just letting him know, ‘You’ve just got to control your kids.’”

At the end of the conversation, Westbrook gave the young fan a reassuring pat on the leg. Westbrook said at first he didn’t know who had touched him. He just felt contact.