LAST night was f*cking epic – there is no other way to describe it. Only seven games were the slate with playoff implications aplenty and Russell Westbrook chasing history and without doubt, the league delivered us one of the best nights of the season. Video game-like stat lines, game-winners, epic comebacks and everything in between gave us a day that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
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WE all know about the sensational statistical season Russell Westbrook is having, but things went to another level last night. Notching his 42nd triple-double of the 2016-17 campaign against the Nuggets helped The Brodie secure yet another record in his memorable season, with Westbrook now atop the list for the most triple-doubles in a single season – besting Oscar’s 1961-62 mark. That alone is incredible, but the storyline of the game was worth following regardless of Westbrook’s personal accomplishment.
HE and the Thunder trailed by 14 points with just over five minutes left before Russ kicked things into overdrive. OKC clawed their back into the contest before the MVP front-runner drained a 36-footer as time expired, giving the Thunder a memorable win the game as Westbrook finished the match with a 50 point outburst. The MVP race is no longer a race, he may have just straight up snatched the trophy from Harden’s grasp with this breathtaking performance.
BEFORE that sequence of events unfolded in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, we witnessed something as equally entertaining in Atlanta. At three-quarter time of the Cavs-Hawks game, Lebron James and Co led by 26 points with most of us believing the game, in theory, was over. I mean in the history of the league the 1,005 teams who held a 25+ point lead going into the last quarter had recorded 1,005 wins and no one was really expecting Atlanta to launch a record-breaking comeback. Oh, how wrong we were.
SOMEHOW Cleveland conceded a 44-point fourth quarter with Paul Milsap forcing OT as time expired with a wild jumper. The Cavaliers would then go on to lose in overtime 126-125 with Lebron fouling out after posting a 32/16/10 line. It’s fair to say that the Cavs don’t look like your stereotypical reigning champion with just two games left in their regular season, leaving many of us are dumbfounded and unsure of what the answer is for Tyronn Lue’s squad.
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SO after an epic collapse and a record-breaking night, NBA fans had more than their fix of greatness. Little did we know that the last game of the night between the Timberwolves and the Lakers would still manage to steal their fair share of the headlines. Karl-Anthony Towns showed out with the first 40/20 effort of his career, while his sidekick Andrew Wiggins dropped 41 points too. The two bright young stars weren’t able to drag the Timberwolves to victory with an emotional D’Angelo Russell knocking down the game-winning three at the buzzer, giving the Lakers their 25th win of the season. Russell wasn’t even meant to be playing after his grandmother passed away earlier that day. His teammates weren’t even aware of his loss, but an emotional Russell was locked in and was able to pay the perfect tribute to his late grandma.
IT wouldn’t be another night in the NBA if James Harden didn’t chalk up a triple-double as well! His 21st TD of the season was technically a quadruple-double with Harden combining his 35 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds with 10 turnovers. In the other games a young balanced Suns team took care of the Mavericks, the Raptors beat the Knicks at MSG and Detriot upset the playoff-bound Grizzlies on their own court. It was the perfect way to celebrate the last weekend of the NBA season and as we gear up for the playoffs we are reminded that anything is possible this season. Literally anything.
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