Thunder’s Russell Westbrook w/ the go-ahead lay-up in 113-110 OT win over Suns. Westbrook finished with triple-double: 51P, 13R, 10A. pic.twitter.com/mQnM43JWXZ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) October 29, 2016
Just a few days into the regular season, Russell Westbrook is officially on a rampage. On Friday night, he went absolutely bonkers against the Phoenix Suns: 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. He capped it all off with what ended up being the game-winning layup in overtime with under 10 seconds remaining.
The last player to score 50 points in a triple-double was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975, and it was the most points scored in a triple-double since Elgin Baylor in 1962. It was also the second eye-popping 50-plus point performance of the young NBA season. Anthony Davis narrowly missed an ultra-rare 5×5 stat line when he put up 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists, and four blocks in a loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Westbrook’s 51 points came on a career-high 44 shot attempts (38 percent from the field), and he scored 39 of those after halftime. It was the 38th triple-double of his career. Only one other Thunder player, Victor Oladipo, scored in double figures: 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting.
T.J. Warren led the way for Phoenix with 30 points and nine rebounds, while Devin Booker and Brandon Knight chipped in 21 and 19, respectively.