Thursday, March 8, 2012
Durant, Westbrook and Harden go for 30
By ESPN Stats & Info
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There were plenty of big performances and notes from around the NBA on Wednesday, but none bigger than the scoring outburst from the Oklahoma City Thunder star trio.
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden did something for the Thunder that hasn't been done for the franchise since 1988, when they were the Seattle SuperSonics.
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, Kevin Durant had 30 and James Harden added a career-high 30 points in the Thunder’s 115-104 win over the Phoenix Suns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the franchise had three 30-point scorers in the same game was Feb. 26, 1988.
On that night, the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Sacramento Kings behind 37 points from Dale Ellis, 31 from Xavier McDaniel and 30 from Tom Chambers.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Oklahoma City, the first 20-rebound game for the franchise since it moved from Seattle. Kendrick Perkins chipped in six points, and nobody else scored for the Thunder. Elias tells us they’re just the fifth team in the past 25 seasons to score at least 115 points in a game with only five players scoring points.
Other Notable NBA Performances:
• The Washington Wizards defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 106-101, coming back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter. It’s the largest lead the Lakers have blown since Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls came back from 22 down on Dec. 17, 1996.
The Lakers lost their third straight road game -- and second in as many nights to a losing team -- falling to 6-14 on the road this season. That’s the worst road winning percentage among teams currently in playoff positions.
Kobe Bryant had a rough night, shooting 9-for-31 from the floor; his 22 missed shots are tied for the most in an NBA game this season. The only other player to miss 22 shots in a game is Bryant himself. He went 6-for-28 in a loss to the Denver Nuggets on New Year’s Day.
• Kevin Love scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. According to Elias, Love is the first player ever to record 25 points, 10 rebounds and three 3-pointers in three consecutive games.
• Evan Turner scored a career-high 26 points at the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Boston Celtics 103-71, matching the most a Sixer has scored this season. The Memphis Grizzlies are the only other team that hasn’t had a player exceed 26 points this season.
The Celtics’ 32-point loss is the worst since the start of the 2007-08 season, when they teamed Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen with Paul Pierce.