Triple-doubles are becoming common place for Russell Westbrook. But there was nothing common about his performance Wednesday night.
A historic night
Westbrook finished with 57 points, the most in a triple-double in NBA history, according to research by Elias Sports Bureau.
It was the second time this season that Westbrook scored 50 or more points in a triple-double. Elias Sports Bureau research notes that he joins James Harden, also this season, as the only players in NBA history with multiple 50-point triple-doubles.
Yet another triple-double has Westbrook gaining ground on a couple NBA legends. He is three shy of tying Oscar Robertson’s single-season record of 41 set in 1961-62. With 75 career triple-doubles, Westbrook is now three shy of tying Wilt Chamberlain for fourth-most all-time.
Westbrook also had his 15th 40+-point game of the season, breaking a tie with Kevin Durant for the most such games in a season in Thunder/Sonics history.
How he did it
The Thunder trailed by as much as 21 points in the second half, and Westbrook led the team’s largest comeback since moving to Oklahoma City. He scored 19 of his team’s 30 points in the final quarter, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in regulation.
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.
With the Thunder adding 26 points off Westbrook’s assists, he was responsible for 86 percent of his team’s points when he was on the court.
Westbrook scored 26 points while defended by Elfrid Payton, tied for the most points he has had against a single defender in a game this season. He also scored 26 points against the Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday on Feb. 26.
Westbrook was 16-of-28 on contested shots for 39 points, his most such points in a game this season. The rest of the Thunder were 13-of-41 for 30 points on contested looks.