"He anchors us at both ends of the floor".
The two teams play again March 2 in OKC. When the 24-year-old guard is at his best, he combines swagger with focus, what he displayed in the Thunder's 122-112 win against the Spurs on Saturday. LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a career-high 56 points against the Thunder on Friday, finished this one with 17.
By not attempting a single three-pointer, the second overall pick of the 2006 round became the first player to score at least 56 points without ever shooting from beyond the arc since Shaquille O'Neal scored 61 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2000.
White said Aldridge kept asking for the ball and he got it.
"I take a lot of pride (in triple-doubles)", Westbrook said. "Just body language. I felt like I had a good matchup and I was in a good rhythm out there". The offensive explosion continued in the two extra periods, making the game the highest-scoring contest-not including All-Star games-since the Phoenix Suns beat the New Jersey Nets 161-157 in double overtime. Isiah Thomas is the only other player in National Basketball Association history to record 24 points, 24 assists and 10 assists in a game, a feat he achieved in 1986.
At one point in the first quarter, Marco Belinelli hit three straight.
Maybe Schroder, who scored all 19 of his points after halftime, just needed to get angry.
During the Thunder's three-game losing streak, Schroder was in an 11-of-32 shooting slump and his defense wasn't close to the brand Terrance Ferguson and Paul George unleashed on Washington's Bradley Beal or San Antonio's DeMar DeRozan.
What makes the double overtime victory even more impressive is the fact the Spurs were playing on the second night of a back-to-back. With an unfamiliar rough patch facing them in recent times, they have now lost six of their previous ten, falling as far as 3.5 games below the apex.
Oklahoma City rallied and tied it at 114 with six minutes remaining in regulation when Steven Adams made consecutive follows off misses by Westbrook.