Westbrook scores 57, leads Thunder to 114-106 win in OT
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 22:23
Elias Sports Bureau research notes that he joins James Harden, also this season, as the only players in National Basketball Association history with multiple 50-point triple-doubles. The 57 points were one short of his career high. "I told him, 'Once I get it again, I'll get to my spot'".
"It was just, like, trying to get out of his way", center Steven Adams said.
It was the first time in Thunder history that they won back-to-back games after entering the fourth quarter with a double-digit deficit in each. Biyombo scored all 12 of his points in the second quarter, and added 11 rebounds for the double-double.
"Overall, it's incredible what he's doing". The 28-year-old could become the second player from the Thunder to win the award, after Kevin Durant was victorious in 2014. "He just plays with unbelievable spirit all the time". And he helped clinch the game with defense, too, contesting a Dallas sideline inbounds pass down a point with 13.1 seconds remaining hard enough that the ball bounced off receiver J.J. Barea's fingertips and out of bounds.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been fortunate to have two of the league's best all-around scorers play for them in recent years. Terrence Ross had 23 points and hit five of 11 3-pointers. Westbrook scored 12 of the final 14 points.
J.J. Redick scored 31 points and Chris Paul contributed 27 points and 13 assists, sparking Los Angeles to a victory over Washington. And the Magic leant a hand, missing three of its eight free-throw attempts in that final stretch.
He led a late rally by scoring 19 points in the final six minutes of regulation, hitting a 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Split free throws, and a three-point play from Westbrook put the Thunder up four, all but ending their night. A ceremony to honor Magic co-founder Jimmy Hewitt, the newest member of the Magic Hall of Fame, between the first and second quarters produced only muted applause.
The score was 93-79 with 6:18 left in the game before David Steele correctly predicted that it was Russell Westbrook time.
"I think it's obviously a good trait to be able to have", Westbrook said. You just tip your hat when he does stuff like that, and even in overtime, he made a lot of big shots, and before, in the fourth quarter, he made a couple of big 3s.
The Magic have now missed the postseason five straight seasons. Fournier scored 13 points in the third. "I'll take this roster". "I just try to come out each and every night and compete at a high level". Vucevic got in early foul trouble, giving Biyombo the opportunity to shine.
If Leonard, the two-way dynamo, could lead his San Antonio Spurs team to back-to-back wins over the Cleveland Cavs (whom the Spurs blew out Monday) and the Warriors this week, he might make a late push in his candidacy.
Russell Westbrook has been putting up a triple-double nearly every night this season, but his performance Wednesday night against the Magic was probably his best one yet.