Thunder Surges Past Heat; Westbrook Records Career Best
Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City Thunder to their third consecutive win on Sunday, defeating Miami Heat with a score of 93-75.
With 10 rebounds, 12 points and 17 assists – out of 30, an assist rate of 56.7 percent (going past his own record of 47.8 percent) – for his 10th straight triple double, Westbrook provided Thunder the impetus to surge past New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns with an advantage of three points for the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Out of 40 baskets Oklahoma City made, five were delivered by Westbrook in the first fourteen minutes.
He also committed six turnovers in addition to stealing four times and blocking two shots.
He became the sixth player since 1985-86 to score as many triple doubles. Only Michael Jordan holds the record for playing fewer games than Westbrook to record 10 triple doubles.
According to ESPN, his impressive defense on Dwayne Wade helped shut Wade down after he made his first four shots.
“Just denying, making it tough for him,” Westbrook said. “He got going early, but as a team we did a good job after that of making him shoot tough shots.”
Wade said, “This team just played more desperate than us.
“They played at a playoff level and we played at a regular-season level and that’s the difference of the game.”
Westbrook is one of the contenders for the NBA MVP award, according to Yahoo! Sports.
In addition to Westbrook, Enes Kanter scored 27 points and 12 rebounds, Mitch McGary scored 14 points and Anthony Morrow scored 12.
Oklahoma City will also be waiting for the return of Kevin Durant, who had sustained a foot injury and is currently recovering. Although he was advised not to take part in activities relating to basketball, Durant could be seen stepping onto the court during timeouts, shooting layups and dribbling the ball.
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