The Russell Westbrook revenge tour is in full force already.
Westbrook started off the night cold and the Thunder trailed early, down by 15 points at the end of the first quarter.
The Thunder is coming off a 113-110 overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns.
Moments after time expired, he taunted the Suns as they left the court but transformed into a different person for his post game interview.
Westbrook made a lay-up to put the Thunder up a point with 7.6 seconds remaining.
Westbrook scored 39 of his 51 points in the second half and overtime, including 23 in the third quarter.
"That's what he does". Eventually, Westbrook's battle of attrition broke through and was just enough. "A lot better from the first game, which is really important".
When Russ notched 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in OKC's season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers, the summer whispers about Westbrook joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for the entire season didn't seem so unreasonable. "It's pretty simple. If you want to win, you don't think about being exhausted". "I thought the overtime game, leaving there a little bit later, sleeping in, getting some extra rest, and then doing our shooting after we watch film and walk through a few things would've been best for them". "You've got to go out and compete at a high level and leave it on the floor". "Very simple. When you want to win, you don't think about being exhausted". "He'll do anything to do that".
According to the Thunder, it was the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. Okay, maybe it was standard for a player like Westbrook, but it was also historic. "[I'm] hungry, I'll tell you that much", Westbrook said. "He'll do anything to win", said Oladipo. If OKC can get that on a consistent basis, it would be a nice complement to Westbrook's fireworks. "We're able to use our size and athleticism to get rebounds and push the break".
It is yet another ridiculous statistic provided by Westbrook as he seizes control of the Oklahoma City Thunder following Kevin Durant's summer exit from the franchise.
The Thunder now play both Los Angeles teams in their next two games, before their much-anticipated showdown with their former teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. With the help of numerous mid-range jump shots, floaters that he sunk from across his body, and length that allowed him to finish in traffic on drives, the Brow singlehandedly kept the Pelicans in the game.