Westbrook scores 51 in triple double
Russell Westbrook had 51 points and a triple-double and scored the winning points in host Oklahoma City’s 113-110 overtime victory over the Suns on Friday night.
According to the Thunder, it was the first 50-point triple double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had one in 1975. Westbrook finished with 13 rebounds and 10 assists and took a career-high 44 shots.
Westbrook made a layup to put the Thunder up a point with 7.6 seconds left. Phoenix’s Devin Booker missed a layup and Westbrook was fouled. Westbrook scored his 50th and 51st points at the foul line with 3.5 seconds remaining. Booker missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
Westbrook, who was 17-for-44 from the field, scored 39 points in the second half and overtime. He has 38 career triple doubles.
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