It’s not often that you see a 50 point game in the NBA. These days, 40 point games come and go. A triple-double happens every now and then. Well on Sunday Feb. 19 the Oklahoma City Thunder had all three of these achievements happen in a 124-118 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Kevin Durant led the way with 51 points, on a staggering 19-of-28 shooting performance, including 5-of-6 from behind the three point line, 8-of-1o from the free throw line and the game tying dunk to force overtime. Durant also grabbed eight rebounds.
Durant’s partner in crime, Russell Westbrook, went for 40 points on 16-of-29 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Westbrook also distributed the ball well, contributing nine dimes.
And to cap of the historic night, Serge Ibaka messed around and got a triple-double, the first in Supersonics/Thunder franchise history. Ibaka compiled 14 points, 15 rebounds (eight offensive, seven defensive) and 11 blocks. You read correctly, that said blocks. That is quite an accomplishment.
To have all three of those things happen in the same game is something you don’t ever see. In fact, the last time two teammates scored 40+ points in the same game, was back in 2000, in the Eastern Conference semifinals, when Reggie Miller (42) and Jalen Rose (40) lead the Pacers to a game one victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The last time two teammates scored 40+ points in the same regular season game was back in 1996, when Michael Jordan (44) and Scottie Pippen (40) led the Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Pacers.
This was something great to watch live on ESPN. If you missed it, check out the highlights. The only thing I disliked was the fact that Russell Westbrook took one more shot than Durant. Don’t get me wrong, Westbrook played a great game, but the fact of the matter is KD should shoot the ball more at all times. Westbrook could shoot them out of games sometimes, trying to be the superstar that Durant is.
Regardless of that, I think this team is coming into its own, and if Westbrook and Durant can outscore six NBA teams from time to time, the Thunder will have a real good shot to be playing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June.
About the Author
Written by Eddie McDonald
I am a junior at Clarion University. I come from a small town. I played high school basketball and baseball. I love sports and being able to write and voice my opinion on sports.