Another Triple Double For Masked Westbrook as Thunder Edge 76ers in OT
Wearing a plastic facemask to protect his fractured cheekbone, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded his fourth straight triple double to lead OKC to a 123-118 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.
Westbrook had career highs in points and rebounds, with 49 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists.
He was one of four Thunder players in double figures, with Dion Waiters scoring 20 off the bench, D.J. Augustin had 17 and Anthony Morrow 11.
The other four Thunder starters besides Westbrook combined for 12 points.
Westbrook became the first NBA player to have four straight triple doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989.
The Thunder fell behind early but went on a 20-2 run to gain the lead on the 76ers, who came into the game with the second worst record in the NBA.
OKC trailed by three at halftime, and saw the Sixers go on a 16-2 run to take a double digit lead in the third quarter.
The Thunder responded in the fourth quarter with a 26-4 run to take the lead, but the Sixers got a three-pointer late from Jason Richardson to tie the game and force overtime.
In OT, Westbrook made three buckets to help the Thunder pull away and win.
Kevin Durant once again did not play as he continues to nurse his sore right foot.
OKC improves to 33-27 on the season, as they won their 12th straight game over Philadelphia.
The Thunder visit Chicago Thursday night for a 7:00 tipoff at the United Center.