Things didn't start off that great for the Oklahoma City Thunder last night in their game against the Brooklyn Nets. But it ended up being a great night for the team and its two biggest stars, Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
As a team, the Thunder found themselves down by 23 during the game and were behind by 18 points (93-75) heading into the fourth quarter. But behind Westbrook's triple-double and George's 47 points, OKC pulled out the 114-112 win - making it the biggest comeback in team history!
OKC made their run in the fourth quarter lead by George, who scored 25 of his 47 points in those final 12 minutes. Capped off by the go-ahead three-pointer that he drained with only 3.1 seconds left in the game. The 47 point night was one point shy of George's career high.
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George started off slow, going just 1-6 in the first quarter. But once he found the zone he stayed in it. ESPN Quotes George talking after the game, saying, "Yeah, it felt good. I had the hot hand, I knew I had the hot hand. I just felt good all game."
His teammate Westbrook was also feeling good and ended the night with a very nice 21-17-15 stat line and the 108th triple-double of his career. With that triple-double Westbrook took sole possession of third place on the all-time list. A position that he held with Jason Kidd when he got his 107th triple-double just a few games ago.
And he was honored to pass Kidd in the record books, "To be able to pass him is something I never even dreamed about, so just honored."
What This Means
One of the knocks on Westbrook has always been his inability to share the ball as much as he should. But it looks like he and George have really built up a nice rapport and Russell is more than willing to let George shine. He even said last night that his job, "is to make sure that I constantly keep telling him to stay aggressive, to play his game, because he's that type of guy, man. He can get hot. He's a superstar in this league; and as you seen tonight, when he gets hot, he can change the game for us."
After a slow 0-4 start to the season, OKC has now gone 16-3 and are one of the hottest teams in the league!