Russell Westbrook has been putting up a triple-double almost every night this season, but his performanceWednesday night against the Magic was probably his best one yet.
The explosive point guard finished with 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in an overtime victory. His play helped his team overcome what was at one moment in the game a 21-point deficit. The win also clinched Oklahoma City a playoff berth.
But in terms of history, this triple-double was pretty impressive, so let's break it down by the numbers.
57 points - Most in NBA history
This stat has been highly publicized, but it's pretty remarkable. Westbrook scored 57 points in his triple-double, which is the highest number of points scored in a triple-double in NBA history. The previous record was 53 set byJames Harden and Hall-of-FamerWilt Chamberlain.
In fact, only Westbrook, Harden, Chamberlainand Elgin Baylor have multiple 50-point triple-doubles in a career (two apiece).
Westbrook's 4th quarter led Thunder over Magic
The Thunder rallied from being down 21 points in the third quarter, and it wouldn't have been possible without Westbrook. Yes he scored 57 total points, but he scored 19 of those with7:45 remaining in the fourth quarter.
He could not be stopped as he drove to the basket and what seemed like every possession, and scored more often than not.
Russell Westbrook now has 425 points in the final 5 minutes of the 4th quarter this season, most by any player over the last 20 seasons.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 30, 2017
Closing in on most triple-doubles in a season
Oscar Robertson has the NBA record of 41 triple-doubles in a season. Westbrook recorded his 38th such performance last night, meaning he's three away from tying and four away from breaking the record.
The Thunder have eight games left in the regular season, meaning he has to get a triple-double in half of the games left for the record. Achieving this will be difficult, but not impossible.
This stat is perhaps more reflective of his season than Wednesday's game, but it's important to point out. ESPN's Royce Young noted the point guard played over 40 minutes (42) for just the fifth time this season. Every 40-minute game has come in overtime.
Considering the season he's having, it's impressive he hasn't had any more games of 40-minutes. For reference, MVP candidate James Harden has15 40-minute games while LeBron James has20.
Passed Kevin Durant's Thunder franchise record
What better record than to pass your friend-turned-enemy? Westbrook passed Durant for most 40-point games in a single season in Thunder history. Durant had 14 40-point games in 2013-14 and Westbrook now has 15 with eight games left.
Westbrook's highest combined triple-double output
This isn'ttoosurprising considering he scored 57, but Wednesday's output was his highest overall out of any triple-double this season. What does this mean? It means if you combine his points + rebounds + assists it equals 81 total numbers.
What's interesting is the only time he came close to that mark was his first triple-double of the season when he had a combined 74 (51 pts, 13 rebounds, 10 assists).
An underlooked stat from Wednesday's game is the fact Westbrook had seven turnovers in the game, but they all came in the first quarter. He had no turnovers for the rest of the game while he was compiling one of the best triple-doubles in NBA history.