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Well...that was something. Russell Westbrook just did the impossible for the second game in a row and did it while having one of the best games of his career.
The Thunder were down by as many as 21 points in the second half and were down double digits entering the fourth quarter. All hope seemed to be gone, but Westbrook strutted toward the scorers table at the seven minute mark looking as confident as ever.
Westbrook scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to help storm a comeback and give the Thunder a chance with 15 seconds remaining. Nikola Vucevic was at the free throw line and had a chance to seal the game. The Magic were up three points with one free throw remaining.
As the free throw went up, Westbrook positioned himself for the rebound and it fell right in his hands. Ten seconds left Westbrook is racing down the court and pulls up a deeeeeeeep three point shot in front of two defenders.
I could hear the frustration of Thunder fans as the shot went up. Twitter was preparing to slaughter Westbrook for his shot attempt. But, the miracle shot went in.
The shot forced overtime and Westbrook was not going to let his team down. The Thunder never let him from the opening tip of overtime. Russell finished with 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. It is the most points ever scored in a triple-double game. It was Westbrook's 38th of the season and now only needs three to tie Oscar Robertson's record of 41.
The Thunder moved to 43-31 behind an MVP performance from Westbrook.