LAST night was f*cking epic. There is no other way to describe it. With seven games on and playoff implications on the line coupled with Russ chasing history the league went nuts. Video game like stat lines, game winners, epic comebacks and anything in between gave us a day that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
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WE all know about the season from hell that Russell Westbrook is having, but thing went to another level last night. Notching up his 42nd triple double against the Nuggets put him atop the list of ‘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 alone. Westbrook and the Thunder trailed by 14 with just over five minutes left, and then Russ kicked into gear. He clawed them back and drained a 36 footer as time expired to win the game and give him 50 points on the night. Westbrook just straight up snatched the MVP from Harden with this breathtaking performance.
BEFORE all this went down though we witnessed something as equally devastating across the league. At three-quarter time of the Cavs-Atlanta game, Lebron and co led 93-67. Game over right? I mean teams with a 25+ point lead going into the last quarter were 1,005-0 from that point on. Wrong. Somehow Cleveland conceded a 26 point lead with Paul Milsap forcing OT as time expired with a wild jumper. The Cavs would then go on to lose in overtime 126-125 with Lebron fouling out after putting up 32/16/10. It’s fair to say that the Cavaliers don’t look like they are the world beating reigning champs heading into the last few games of the season and many of us are dumbfounded as to 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 garner headlines. Karl Anthony Towns showed out with a 40 point 21 rebound monster game, while his sidekick Andrew Wiggins dropped 41 as well. The two bright young stars weren’t able to drag the T-Wolves to victory with an emotional D’Angelo Russell knocking down the game winning three at the buzzer. 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 grandmother.
IT wouldn’t be a night in the NBA is James Harden didn’t chalk up another triple double as well. His 21st TD of the season was technically a quadruple double 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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