Westbrook gets fourth triple-double in a row
OKLAHOMA CITY – Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have four consecutive triple-doubles, according to STATS, and the first since Jordan that year to have back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points.
Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night.
Jordan had seven consecutive triple-doubles and 10 in an 11-game span in 1989 for Chicago.
It was the most points by any player with a triple-double since Larry Bird also had 49 in 1992.
Westbrook wore a mask and a headband after fracturing a bone in his right cheek Friday night against Portland. He had surgery Saturday and missed a game Sunday against the Lakers.
•TACKLING HIM JUST GETS HIM MAD: LeBron James retaliated on the scoreboard after Jonas Valanciunas tackled him on a drive late in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 29 points in the fourth and matching a season high with 14 assists, and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 120-112.
•WELCOME HOME: Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs punctuated their return from a nearly monthlong road trip with their largest home victory of the season, 112-85 over the Sacramento Kings.
•GASOL FOR THE WIN! Marc Gasol made a jumper with 0.1 seconds left to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 102-100 victory over the host Houston Rockets.
•AND ANOTHER BUZZER-BEATER: Tyler Zeller banked in a shot from under the basket as time expired to give the Boston Celtics an 85-84 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz.
•PUTTING A HURT ON THE PISTONS: Anthony Davis had 39 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in his return from a right shoulder sprain, and the host New Orleans Pelicans won for the sixth time in seven games, 88-85 over the Detroit Pistons.
•TRY ME NEXT YEAR: Ray Allen, 39, says he will not play this season, though will consider returning to the NBA next season. The two-time champion has made 2,973 shots from three-point range in his 18 NBA seasons, 413 more than anyone else in league history.