Statbusters: Kevin Durant Scores 51, Westbrook 40 & Ibaka Triple-Doubles vs Nuggets

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| February 19th, 2015 | 6,035 Views

NO recap.  Just watch the footage of OKC beating Denver in OT and check the bullets and quotes:

  • First time in NBA history that a trio of teammates combined to score 50 points, 40 points and record a triple-double
  • Kevin Durant career high 51pts
  • KD’s 1st 50 point game
  • KD shot 68%
  • Only 8 of the 51 points were from the free throw line
  • 31 of KD’s 51 points came in the 2nd half
  • KD & Westbrook combined to score 91 points
  • KD & Westbrook scored all 13 of the Thunder’s points in OT
  • KD & Westbrook are the first set of teammates to score 50 and 40 points since Kiki Vandeweghe (51) and Alex English (47) did it for the Nuggets in 1983.
  • KD & Westbrook are the first duo to score 40-plus apiece since Michael Jordan (44) and Scottie Pippen (40) did it for the Bulls in 1996.
  • Ibaka had 14pts 15rebs 11blks
  • Ibaka’s triple double was the first in franchise history to include blocks
  • Ibaka has 3 games this season with 10+ blocks

QUOTABLE: “That was a heck of a game. Unfortunately someone had to lose. Kevin, Russell and Serge, it was an amazing thing to watch.”
— Thunder coach Scott Brooks

QUOTABLE II: “The game of basketball can be really mean to you. Tonight we did our job and did very well. I’m proud of my team. To have a great player take a game from you like that is just heart wrenching. It’s just the bounce of the ball.”
— Nuggets coach George Karl

QUOTABLE iII: “That was unbelievable. Probably the best regular-season game I’ve been a part of or ever seen. 51, 40, triple-double, what else can you say?”
— Thunder guard James Harden

QUOTABLE IV: “It feels better to get the win but it is pretty cool (to get 50 points). It’s something you dream about as a kid.”
— Durant

QUOTABLE V: “They’re one of the best teams in basketball and we took them to overtime. In a lot of ways we won the game. But, the scoreboard says we lost it. Somehow, someway, I’ve got to get my team to realize that we won a lot of things.”
— Nuggets coach George Karl

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