There's no shame in barely missing a triple-double, especially when you have the kind of performance Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook had in a triple-overtime win over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.
Westbrook's 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists made him the first player to at least reach those benchmarks this season. A check of Basketball-Reference.com shows he's one of only two guards to do that since 1990, Vince Carter being the other in 2006-07.
35 Points, 15 Rebounds, 9 Assists
He scored all 13 of Oklahoma City's points in the third overtime and finished with 21 points combined after regulation. The NBA record for most points in a single overtime period is 16 by Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas in December 2006.
It was the first triple-overtime game for the Nets in 15 years and the first for the Thunder franchise since December 1, 1990. Exactly 20 years ago, the then-Seattle Supersonics lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 130-124. Xavier McDaniel scored 41 points for the Supersonics, but was outdone by an impressive effort from Terry Porter, who had 38 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Porter was Westbrook-like in terms of coming through at the right time. He hit a shot over two men at the first overtime buzzer to tie the game and another with three seconds left in double overtime to force another extra session.