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Russell Westbrook’s late surge, triple-double rescues Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot in front of Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. Oklahoma City won in overtime, 126-115. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

Russell Westbrook recorded a fourth straight triple-double overall and third straight against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, but Westbrook getting a triple-double is barely news at this point. The bigger deal was Westbrook burying a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and then scoring 14 overtime points to secure a 126-115 victory.

Westbrook had actually struggled through three quarters, shooting just 5-of-20 from the field. And the Thunder appeared on the verge of losing when they trailed by seven points with three-and-a-half minutes to go.

But that’s when Russ went into takeover mode. He scored or assisted on 12 of Oklahoma City’s final 15 points of regulation, including the clutch triple:

Westbrook proceeded to outscore the Wizards himself in the extra frame by putting up those 14 points to reach a total of 35 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in his ninth triple-double of the year. He shot just 12-of-35 overall and 1-of-6 from three, but considering the one three saved the game and he went into superhuman mode in overtime, the early shooting struggles can be forgiven.

Westbrook did get a good amount of help given his teammates went 34-of-60 from the field. Victor Oladipo was especially good, notching 25 points, six rebounds and six assists while shooting 10-of-16. Oladipo also had five big points during the Thunder’s frantic late rally in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards’ collapse mars another strong game from Bradley Beal, who’s really come on of late. Beal poured in 31 points for the second consecutive game. John Wall had a double-double with 15 points and 15 assists, but the star point guard shot just 6-of-20.

The Thunder have now won four in a row and sit at 12-8.

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