Russell Westbrook recorded the highest-scoring triple-double in NBA history on Wednesday night, totaling 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind, 114-106 overtime road victory over Orlando Magic.
For Westbrook, it was just another day at the office as he compiled his fourth consecutive triple-double and his 38th of the season, leaving him three shy of the NBA record held by NBA legend Oscar Robertson. The 57 points were one short of his career high.
‘You just got to want it more than other people,’ Westbrook said. ‘I don’t think about getting tired. I just keep going and going. I don’t think about it. I just think about making the next play, making winning basketball plays. I’m blessed.’
Russell Westbrook salutes the crowd on Orlando after scoring yet another triple-double
The Thunder (43-31) have won eight of the last 10 games. Westbrook scored 16 points in the fourth quarter on Monday when OKC erased a 13-point deficit in the final 3:31 to win in Dallas. He scored 19 points in the final six minutes of regulation to force overtime on Wednesday when the Thunder erased another 13-point fourth quarter deficit.
‘Russell was spectacular coming down the stretch and the way he closed the game,’ Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.
‘Overall, it’s just incredible what he’s doing now. He played an exceptional second half again. He just has an incredible competitive spirit.’
‘That (Westbrook’s performance) was one of the best,’ Magic coach Frank Vogel said. ‘It’s tough to rank those over the years, but it’s right up there with the best. Give him credit.’
OKC’s leading man now has 38 triple-doubles for the season, three shy of the NBA record
Westbrook hit 21 of 40 shots and six of 15 three-pointers. He made nine of 11 free throws.
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.
Westbrook scored seven points in overtime and, until Westbrook’s three-pointer, the Magic led the entire second half and led by as many as 21 points in third quarter.
‘I was just looking at the scoreboard, taking it one possession at a time,’ Westbrook said. ‘I don’t take this game for granted. I just try to come out each and every night and compete at a high level.’
Westbrook flies at the rim to secure two of his 57 points in his side’s overtime victory in Florida