Who cares about former Thunder star Kevin Durant, some Oklahoma City fans might be wondering, after watching Russell Westbrook put up the NBA’s first 50-point triple-double in 41 years during Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. If you missed any Westbook’s history-making performance, don’t worry — the Thunder distilled the best of it into a two-minute highlight reel for your viewing pleasure.
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Westbrook put up 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, but his piece de resistance might have been the driving layup and his last-minute free throws that earned the team a 113-110 overtime victory over the Suns. These little kids with court-side seats sure liked it.
Westbrook, whose relationship with Durant has at times appeared strained since Durant left to join the Golden State Warriors this summer, was all smiles after the game.
“Gotta get a win,” he told Fox Sports’ Nick Gallo, grinning. “Gotta do what you have to do.”
When asked how he felt about getting the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975, Westbrook smiled again.
“It’s a blessing, man. I’m just truly blessed to be playing the game I love every night and leave it on the floor. I’m thankful to play the game with my teammates.”
This was Westbrook’s 38th career triple-double.
The Thunder are 2-0.