Monday, February 20th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  26 responses

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s Historic Game

Teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for more points among just two of them (91) than what 7 NBA squads managed to produce last night. It was silly. From the AP: “With two NBA scoring titles to his credit, it seemed inevitable that Kevin Durant would eventually hit the 50-point plateau. He picked a historic night to do it. Durant scored a career-best 51 points for the top performance in the NBA this season, Russell Westbrook added 40 and Serge Ibaka had his first career triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 in overtime Sunday night. The Thunder trio became the first teammates in NBA history to put together a 50-point night, a 40-point complementary effort and a triple-double. No teammates had scored at least 40 points apiece since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it for Chicago in 1996, and Denver’s Kiki Vandeweghe and Alex English back in a 1983 triple-overtime game were the last tandem to go for 50 and 40.”

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  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    Ibaka’s triple double with 11 blocks definitely overshadowed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    What a crazy night it was.

  • http://Google.com Dame

    They going to the championship vs heat

  • http://Google.com Dame

    @Seth are you dumb? Kd’s 51 was way more impressive

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ibaka 4 dpoy

  • Fat Lever

    Ibaka had 14 blocks. And I definitely think that’s overshadowed. Scoring gets the pub, but to me, Ibaka’s statline is more impressive. 14 blocks! You’ll see another 50 point game before you see another 14 block game, unless it’s from Ibaka himself.

  • Fat Lever

    I stand corrected, it’s 11, Seth was right. But I still think Ibaka’s overall stat line is more impressive than KD’s or Russ’.

  • robb

    11 blocks??? damn

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca niQ

    Missing Ibaka’s name in the headline.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Awesome night for Durantula and the Beyond to go buck.

  • dannyb

    This is what can happen when you have great players on the same team… who actually play different positions from each other.

  • underdog

    They all had an amazing night, and they still needed an OT against the Nuggets. Strange.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Shout out to IBAKA
    &*(&ed around n got a triple double

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Linsan… wait, the thunder did this? why didn’t I hear about? amazing in so many ways.

  • Chukaz

    Ibaka deserves a statue outside their arena already. How many double digit block games has he had this year? I think it’s 2 and i think he’s had a couple more 8+ block games. There’s maybe 15 guys in the L that can drop 50 any given night if they try. There’s 1 guy in the L that can block that many shots.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    co-sign with Chukaz
    This makes me want league pass

  • http://www.nba.com Alf

    Shout out to Serge Iblocka. Dude is holdin’ it down for the Thunder on the defensive end. Covering up for all the fu*k ups and sh*t.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    OKC better wrap up the western conference and homecourt after the all-star break.

  • rerun

    Agree entirely that Ibaka’s name should be prominent in this headline. A 10+ block triple double is rarer than a 50 pt gME and every bit as important. FWIW, this is Ibaka’s 3rd 10+ blk this season alone. Insane. All 3 guys were balling, shame Harden couldn’t get in the mix

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    ibaka deserves as much if not more credit than KD and Russ… think of it this way, if serge wasnt locking down the D for OKC do you think KD would have got 51 and Russ 40 little known the WIN?!?!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Chukaz, Dwight, Deandre, Javale That’s allready 4 if you include Ibaka.

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    Kiki Vandeweghe!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Durant just looks unstoppable sometimes. It’s crazy to think that he’s only gonna get better.

  • OKC Ready to Take Over

    They are now ready for the championship.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    if you ever wondered why Durant asked those media members why it mattered who was better between him and Russ….this is precisely why. Rather than trying to be a point guard Russell Westbrook wants to go shot for shot with Kevin Durant on a nightly basis….its blatant, and its a terrible thing. KD got 50, Russell got 40, they were still taken to overtime and without Ibaka’s huge defensive night they probably would’ve lost. Two guys teaming up for 90 is good and fine in the regular season but just watch this thing rear its ugly head come playoff time, particularly down the line. KD is a guy who wants the ball, but he isn’t the type to scream for it- and rightfully so, he’s earned the right to be deferred to. Russell on the other hand is a guy whos got a giant chip on his shoulder and wants to be the best player on the team, he wants to take the last shot….good and dandy, I won’t knock his ambition, but you can’t try to be the alpha dog at the expense of being the point guard first. Their offense looked terribly out of balance when KD and Russell took breathers and it was because none of those guys had been getting any touches all game……..drama in the OKC, just watch

  • divisadero

    ^^^I don’t get it. What did Russ do wrong in that game? Durant scored 50 points. Russ had 40 points, a fantastic FG%, 9 dimes (7 to Durant), and 2 TOs. He also carried the Thunder in OT. Unless you’re a complete moron (like Skip Bayless), that was the wrong game to grind your axe regarding Westbrook.

    Harden doesn’t start and is only on the floor with Russ and Durant 50% of the time. This means that there are usually only two scorers: Russ and Durant and a bunch of defensive stoppers. OKC needs Russ’s scoring. And mind you, his FG% is over 47% this year, which means that he should shoot. He also has a better FG% than Durant in the clutch (last 2 minutes when the score is +/- 5 pts). People who think that Durant should be the sole source of offense for the Thunder are kidding themselves. Durant gets easier shots because Westbrook is such a threat, and vice versa.

    Most importantly, the Thunder, along with the Bulls, have the League’s best record and are even better than last year when they went to the Conference Championships with an extremely young team. Clearly, something is working there (and it’s not all Durant).