DurantIn one of the most entertaining games of the season, the Oklahoma City Thunder got an unprecedented performance to beat the Denver Nuggets 124-118 in overtime. Kevin Durant scored a career-high 51 points, the most any player has scored in a game this season.
Russell Westbrook added a season-high 40 points, making Durant and Westbrook just the third pair of teammates in NBA history with a 50-point game and a 40-point game in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Don’t forget about Serge Ibaka, who had his first career triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and a Thunder/SuperSonics-record 11 blocked shots. Elias tells us the Thunder trio is the first set of teammates in NBA history with a 50-point game, a 40-point game and a triple-double in the same game.
IbakaIbaka owns three of the five 10-block games in franchise history and they’ve all come this month. He’s the only player with 10 blocks in a game this season and the first player since Shawn Bradley (5) in 1996-97 with three such games in the same season.
Durant and Westbrook combined to score or assist on 60 of Oklahoma City’s 71 points in the second half and overtime. The Nuggets -- as a team -- scored 60 points in the same three periods.
The Thunder have won nine straight home games, their longest home winning streak since moving to Oklahoma City. The last time they won nine in a row at home was the 2004-05 season when they were in Seattle. They last won 10 consecutive home games from Feb.-April 1998.
The Nuggets are in a free fall, having lost three straight and eight of their past 10 games.