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Published: Sun, October 30, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Westbrook has 51 points, triple-double; Thunder beat Suns

Westbrook has 51 points, triple-double; Thunder beat Suns

The 44 shots were a career high for Westbrook, who relied on a sky-high usage rate and the extra five minutes of action to turn in the first triple-double with 50 points since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar achieved the feat in 1975.

It wasn't only about Westbrook, though, and that's not just because no one is certain if the Thunder point guard even sleeps. Phoenix's Devin Booker missed a layup and Westbrook was fouled, scoring his 50th and 51st points at the free-throw line with 3.5 seconds left. Steven Adams had nine points and 10 rebounds, including a key three-point play to put OKC ahead 109-106 in OT ...

The Thunder got only 15 points from its bench, committed 22 turnovers and finished 5 of 21 on 3-pointers.

With the game tied 91-91, Irving dropped one of his five 3-pointers on the night helping the defending National Basketball Association champions remain undefeated to start the season.

Westbrook scored 39 of his 51 points in the second half and overtime, including 23 in the third quarter.

Harrison Barnes, playing his first home game for the Mavericks after signing a max contract in the summer, had a career-high 31 points. He also contributed a monstrous 17 rebounds to go along with 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Westbrook didn't play the first 3:10 of the fourth quarter and the Suns led 89-81 after OKC allowed point guard Eric Bledsoe to knife into the paint.

DeRozan had 40 points in Toronto's season-opening win over Detroit on Wednesday, besting Vince Carter's 65 points in 2003-04 for the most for the franchise through the first two games of the season (see full recap). The all-star guard finished with 32 points and seven boards, but it was not enough as the Raps couldn't hold off the Cavs at home.

Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes to the basket past Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in NY.

The Warriors, who never lost consecutive games on their way to an NBA-record 73-9 record last season, avoided consecutive losses after starting this season with a 129-100 loss to San Antonio on Tuesday. Nic Batum and Marco Belinelli each scored 12 points for Charlotte.

And what did the 27-year-old have to say about his incredible performance? "We talked about it throughout the game and he did a good job of getting a stop on demand". No other player from Oklahoma City scored in double figures.

Westbrook was just 4-of-16 at halftime before igniting in the third quarter. He played the entire quarter, and wound up with 23-points on 7/12 shooting but the Thunder were still down by six.

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