Mar 4, 2015 11:22 PM

Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds, and added 10 assists for his fourth consecutive triple-double, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-118 in overtime Wednesday night.

Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to post at least four consecutive triple-doubles, according to STATS, and the first since Jordan that same year to post back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points. It was the most points by any player with a triple-double since Larry Bird also scored 49 in 1992.

Westbrook wore a mask and a headband after having a bone in his right cheek fractured last Friday against Portland. He had surgery Saturday and missed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

It was Westbrook's sixth triple-double of the season and 14th of his career.

Isaiah Canaan had career highs of 31 points and eight 3-pointers, and Jason Richardson added 29 points for the 76ers.

Westbrook clinched the triple-double on a pass to D.J. Augustin that put the Thunder ahead 113-110 in overtime. Westbrook's pull-up jumper with 38.9 seconds to play put the Thunder up by three, then Westbrook made the first of two free throws with 30.3 seconds left to make it 120-116.

Richardson's two free throws made it a two-point game.

Westbrook made the second of two free throws with 21.9 seconds left to make it 121-118. The 76ers turned the ball over, and Westbrook made two more free throws to clinch the game.

Canaan was 5 of 5 on 3-pointers early to help the 76ers take a 32-17 lead with 3:30 left in the first quarter. The Thunder responded with a 15-0 run to tie the game, and Westbrook found Mitch McGary for a layup as time expired in the quarter to give the Thunder a 37-34 lead.

The 76ers led 59-56 at halftime, and Canaan's eighth 3 pushed Philadelphia's lead to 75-60 before Oklahoma City's bench rallied late in the quarter and cut the deficit to 90-84 by the end of the period. Nick Collison's layup tied it at 90 early in the fourth quarter.

The Thunder led 93-90 when Richardson went for a layup. McGary blocked it, and Richardson got a technical for arguing that there should have been a foul. Augustin's technical free throw was the last point of an 18-0 run for Oklahoma City.

Westbrook made back-to baskets to push the lead to 108-99, the second with the crowd on its feet. Philadelphia called timeout, and the crowd broke into its loudest MVP chant yet for Westbrook.

Hollis Thompson's 3-pointer with 55.2 seconds to play cut Oklahoma City's lead to 110-107, and Richardson's 3 with 27.1 seconds left tied the score, sending the game into overtime.


76ers: G Robert Covington sat out with a right elbow contusion. JaKarr Sampson started in his place and finished with seven points in 16 minutes. ... Ish Smith, who was traded from the Thunder at the trade deadline, had two points in 15 minutes.

Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his 10th straight game with a broken bone in his right hand. He has been practicing with a soft brace. ... Westbrook was named Western Conference player of the month earlier Wednesday. ... Westbrook had a triple-double against the 76ers exactly one year ago to the day. ... Dion Waiters had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.


76ers: host Jazz on Friday.

Thunder: at Chicago on Thursday.


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