Russell Westbrook vs. Suns: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2016

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Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook isn't wasting any time proving he is a one-man wrecking crew without Kevin Durant

During a 113-110 Friday night overtime win against the Phoenix Suns, Westbrook exploded for 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

According to Royce Young of ESPN.com, it's the first triple-double that included 50 or more points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's in 1975. 

Sportsnet Stats added that it is the seventh 50-point triple-double in NBA history, as the NBA TV crew broke down his performance:


The #CrunchTime crew reacts to Russell Westbrook's 51-point triple-double. ➡️GameTime next on NBA TV 📺 https://t.co/pcsr5xsEZ3

Westbrook used a monster third quarter to fuel his big night, via SportsCenter:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Russell Westbrook dropped 23 Pts in the 3rd Qtr, tying Thunder scoring record for most points in a Qtr since team moved to Oklahoma City. 🔥 https://t.co/s7i3ma1yAe

It wasn't the most efficient night, as Westbrook shot just 17-of-44 for a 38.6 percent field-goal percentage. The team's second-leading shooter was Victor Oladipo, who attempted 17 field goals.

ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh couldn't believe the number of times Westbrook shot the ball:

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Accounting for FT trips, Russell Westbrook took 53 shots tonight. What in the what

To others, it didn't matter:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

…on 44 shot attempts ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ https://t.co/QkL2YcOYfo

Especially for Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press:

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman

Any "purist" complaining about how many shots Russell Westbrook took tonight should absolutely shut up for a while.

Regardless of what the average fan thought, Westbrook forced Juan Martinez of PC Magazine to ask this question:

Juan Martinez @jrobertmartinez

What if Kevin Durant was actually holding #RussellWestbrook BACK?!

This came after a season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers in which Westbrook was an assist short of a triple-double, posting 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

The 2016-17 season is just two games old for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Westbrook is laying the gauntlet down to the rest of the league and making his case as to why he is the most explosive star in the NBA. 

Postgame Reaction

For such an uncommon performance, Westbrook's teammate Steven Adams seemed as though he expected it, via Young:

Royce Young @royceyoung

Steven Adams on Westbrook's night: "It was good, mate. Standard."

Westbrook even had his mind elsewhere after the game, via Young:              

Royce Young @royceyoung

Russell Westbrook on how he feels after his monster triple-double: "Hungry." https://t.co/Pqh0KroCt1

After that kind of performance, Westbrook deserves any kind of meal he wants. And it's more than likely that he'll continue to build up a big appetite as he's expected to carry the Thunder toward a postseason berth as the season progresses. 


Stats courtesy of ESPN.com


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