Russell Westbrook had another triple-double and Kevin Durant went off for 37 points in an exciting Thunder win. OKC was down two with under a minute left until a Westbrook made layup followed by a Serge Ibaka clock, and a Kevin Durant game winning three pointer that left only 0.5 seconds on the clock securing the 117-114 victory over the Magic.
This game had Westbrook’s fingerprints all over it. The superstar point guard tallied 24 points and 14 assists to go along with a career high 19 rebounds (7 offensive). Kevin Durant isn’t to be forgotten as he hit the game winner, scored 37 on 25 shots, and also tallied five assists and rebounds each.
This game, like many others, brought to light OKC’s glaring weakness of the last month or so. Defensively the Thunder were severely lacking especially in the first half. The Magic scored 65 points in the first two quarters making them the fourth non-playoff team to do that to the Thunder in in the last ten games. Victor Oladipo did most of the damage for the Magic, scoring 37 points of his own on just 19 shot attempts.
Serge Ibaka struggled shooting scoring just 9 points on 11 attempts but came up clutch with a block on the second last possession which was one of his six for the game. Enes Kanter was solid off the bench scoring 13 points and bringing in 7 rebounds.
The win brings OKC’s record to a very impressive 38-13 as they sit comfortably in third out West. Next up for the Thunder is their biggest test to date as they visit Golden State Saturday night for a prime matchup.
- Russell Westbrook recorded his triple double in 22 minutes which was the third fastest of all time (he also has the second fastest)
- Westbrook’s 19 rebounds are the most by a guard this season
- Andre Roberson remains out with injury and Dion Waiters continued to start for him
- Westbrook and Durant have combined for 152 points, 47 rebounds and 29 assists in their two matchups against the Magic (both wins)