Thursday, March 23, 2017

Westbrook's Historic Night Pushes Thunder Past 76ers

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On Wednesday night, Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double while going perfect from the floor and the free throw line.

Westbrook finished with 18 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to give the Thunder a 122-97 victory over the 76ers. Enes Kanter came off the bench and destroyed Jahlil Okafor in the post to the tune of 24 points and 11 rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. Victor Oladipo chipped in 18 points and Doug McDermott 13 points.

From the opening tip the Thunder were just too much to handle for the inexperienced Philadelphia team. The Thunder won the first quarter 29-22 and never relinquished their lead.

Westbrook now has 35 triple-doubles on the season, placing him only six behind Oscar Robertson's record of 41 with 11 games to play.

The Thunder are just 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the 5th seed in the Western Conference. If the playoffs started today the Thunder would play the Houston Rockets in the first round, a matchup they are capable of winning. If they were to advance, Oklahoma City, barring a miracle performance from the Denver Nuggets, would play the Golden State Warriors.

The Thunder's next game will be against the Houston Rockets on Sunday in a potential first round matchup.

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