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KD and Westbrook

WOW. 51 and 40 respectively... what a show, they couldnt be stopped


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Wow has anyone else combined

Wow has anyone else combined for more than 90 points? I'm speechless

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I keep telling all of you

I keep telling all of you guys, don't trade Westbrook. These Kids are just starting out, and they're 24-7 in a mud pile of a season sitting atop the grueling West. They will be playing in late May, and most likely June.

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ibaka

imbaka also had a triple double with blocks.

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Ibaka had a triple double as

Ibaka had a triple double as well 14pts 15 reb 11 blk. This has got to be one of the craziest stat games over hahaha. One scores 51, the other 40 and the other just casually get a triple double with blocks.

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Ibaka had a triple double as

Ibaka had a triple double as well 14pts 15 reb 11 blk. This has got to be one of the craziest stat games over hahaha. One scores 51, the other 40 and the other just casually get a triple double with blocks.

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Garnett is still very effective but Ibaka is the best defensive PF in the game right now and he is only 22 years old.

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westbrook and durant spell

westbrook and durant spell each other so well

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Kiki Vandeweghe and Alex

Kiki Vandeweghe and Alex English went for 51 and 47 and Isaiah Thomas and John Long went For 47 and 41.. All in the same game. Even though it was triple overtime the score was 186-184 Detroit. Never gunna see anything like that again. Didn't see this game but that's definitely one of the best three man stat lines I've ever seen for sure

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They played fantastic

They proved tonight that both Durant and Westbrook can co-exist on the court. When they get it going, they really get it going.

And how about Ibaka having a triple-double with 11 blocks? This guy is just such a good defensive player its ridiculous.

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I do not understand how

I do not understand how throughout that game, Durant kept getting open. If you are playing OKC, why would u not send doubles at him, bump him off every screen, continually get bodies on him. The Thunder have 3 guys who can score and eventually you would think he would wear down.

I have never seen Kendrick Perkins, Thabo Sefolosha, Daquan Cook etc beat teams scoring the ball. I have seen Durant, Westbrook and Harden do it consistently...why dont people make those others do it?

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haha

Wow has anyone else combined for more than 90 points? I'm speechless

Wilt Chamberlain and any number of short, dead, white guys

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The moment which told me the

The moment which told me the most about the future of Durant and Westbrook in OKC was in OT, less than a minute to go and the Thunder had a 3-on-1 fast break; Westbrook and Harden were flanking Durant who had the ball, but weren't completely open, instead of passing it up Durant just powers to the rim and lays in the finger roll over Lawson.

It might not seem like much, but I take it as a sign that Durant is going to assert himself as the first option over Westbrook. Either way they could have gotten 2 points, but Durant made a risky move and backed himself in a crunch time situation which could have backfired if he screwed up, which is exactly what I've been waiting to see from Durant for years.

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wow is all i gtta say man o

wow is all i gtta say man o man dats jus crazy what they did tonite and ibaka i knew he was gne b a steal great win for kd i cant wait to hear wat skip has to say about this game 2morrow

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Kobe 81 and Smush Parker 13

Kobe 81 and Smush Parker 13

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@ProudGrandpa

Ya that's true but Vandeweghe and English are the only other teammates in NBA history to score 50+ and 40+, and they didn't have a third teammate with a triple double either.

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Kobe 81 and Smush Parker 13

You were faster than me, lol :P

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Shots

Westbrook took one more shot from the field than Durant, and Durant still ended up with 11 more points.

Durant is only averaging .7 more attempts than Westbrook this season. It's one thing to be a scorer at the PG position, but you also need to be able to pass as well. Westbrook has a 1.25 Assist to Turnover Ratio (74th in the league.)

I'm not saying that Westbrook needs to go, because he definitely is a special talent, but there is no reason to take more shots than Durant when he is 68% from the field, 83% from three, and 80% from the free throw line. Even though Durant only took one less shot from the field, Westbrook still needs to improve on his PG skills.

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told you westbrook was better

told you westbrook was better than rondo

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Durant had more scoring

Durant had more scoring possesion. HE had 10 free throw attempts while westbrook had 5. Durant still shot the ball more than Westbrook. As long as they are wining this really shouldn't matter.

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All i'm going to say about

All i'm going to say about Durant and Westbrook is this:

If it ain't broke don't fix it!

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KG doesn't have it like that

KG doesn't have it like that kid.

Damn Nuggs play some D, we know Durant and Westbrook are grt but 51 and 40 wow.

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give perk and the rest some credit too

Ibaka is great but...... A lot of ibaka's blocks come from the weak side when he is helping someone else out...if they dont prevent their guy from driving all the way in, that blocked shot becomes a blocking foul.

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History of 40/40 teammates

Regular season

1. Baltimore Bullets vs. Los Angeles Lakers, November 14, 1964 (Gus Johnson 41, Walt Bellamy 40)

2. Los Angeles Lakers at San Francisco Warriors, February 11, 1970 (Elgin Baylor 43, Jerry West 43)

3. New Orleans Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets, April 10, 1977 (Pete Maravich 45, Nate Williams 41) (David Thompson also scored 40 points for Denver in the same game)

4. Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics, January 5, 1978 (Paul Westphal 43, Walter Davis 40)

5. San Antonio Spurs vs. Milwaukee Bucks, March 6, 1982 (3 OT) (George Gervin 50, Mike Mitchell 45) (Brian Winters also scored 42 points for Milwaukee in the same game)

6. Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets, December 13, 1983 (3 OT) (Isiah Thomas 47, John Long 41) (also the highest scoring game in NBA history)

7. Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons, December 13, 1983 (3 OT) (yes, the same game!) (Kiki Vandeweghe 51, Alex English 47)

8. Utah Jazz vs. Detroit Pistons, March 19, 1984 (Adrian Dantley 43, John Drew 42)

9. Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers, February 18, 1996 (Michael Jordan 44, Scottie Pippen 40)

Playoffs

1. Los Angeles Lakers at Detroit Pistons, March 29, 1962 (Elgin Baylor 45, Jerry West 41)

2. Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks, April 30, 1988 (Eric "Sleepy" Floyd 42, Hakeem Olajuwon 41)

3. Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz, May 5, 1995 (Clyde Drexler 41, Hakeem Olajuwon 40)

4. Indiana Pacers vs. Philadelphia 76ers, May 6, 2000 (Reggie Miller 40, Jalen Rose 40)

http://www.basketball-reference.com/blog/?p=8626

Plus, I doubt this one will be broken: Wilt Chamberlain 100, Al Attles 17

Would take a few OT's for someone to brake 117 and that happened during regulation of a 169-142 game against the Knicks.

The December 13, 1983 game was the highest scoring game in league history. 186-184, Pistons. Kelly Tripucka scored 35 for the Pistons and Dan Issel scored 28 points for the Nuggs.

The highest scoring by combined opponents happened December 8, 1961. The LA Lakers beat the Philadelphia Warriors, 151-147. Elgin Baylor scored 63 points, with Wilt Chamberlain getting 78. He broke Elgin's single game NBA record at the time of 71.

KD and Westbrook still joined pretty elite company. Was a great game.

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@BiggySmalls... you cant

@BiggySmalls...

you cant double Durant because that leaves either Harden or Westbrook open...its easy to say make Ibaka, Perkins, or someone else do the scoring, but if it was that easy then Durant wouldnt lead the league in scoring 2 years in a row...

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If the Thunder play like that

If the Thunder play like that for a 7 game series, Stern might as well hand them the championship.

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I disagree that Ibaka is the

I disagree that Ibaka is the best defensive four in the NBA... Maybe the best shotblocking four man.

The fact that people keep confusing shot blockers with being great defenders is confusing...

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I was surprised that Kobe and

I was surprised that Kobe and Shaq were on that list, but they probably each had 30 at least 50 times.

Durant and Westbrook were amazing, but I can't help but think that it took them 50 from KD, another 40 points Westbrook, a triple double from Ibaka, and an overtime period against a Nene-less and Gallo-les Nuggets team. The Nuggets will get Chandler, Gallo, and Nene in the playoffs, Harden needs to score 18 a game in the playoffs if they want a chance, cause they need other guys to step up. And Perkins needs to see Theraphist, he looked out of it as it was, and getting put on a poster by Blake certainly didn't help.

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And I completely agree with

And I completely agree with Indiana Basketball. Blocks are sort of like tackles for safeties, in the sense that the Thunder's perimeter defenders need to do a much better job at keeping guys from driving the lane like that. Ibaka is a big help, but they need to sure up their defense.

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ibaka has always been a great

ibaka has always been a great defender easily one of the best int the L.......this is his first year really breaking out as a shotblocker...

so no love for illyasova for going 29&25 last nite.......?

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^I thought someone hacked

^I thought someone hacked ESPN when I saw those stats. But all joking aside, Illyasova is one hell of a player, and even though he average 7 or 9 boards a game, he randomly breaks out for like 20 pretty frequently this season. One of those Euro steals late in the 2nd round. Was a lottery talent, but a foot injury ruined his stock, but he's still a solid starter for the future.

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Ibaka is an aggressive defender

But I think there is little way he is the BEST defensive 4. I think Josh Smith, Anderson Verajao and Udonis Haslem are probably ahead of him. Denver's defense is obviously a lot worse without having a big dude like Nene down low, who is a much better defender than Mozgov or Birdman. I am guessing Nene would not have been as high on the pick as Birdman was when he got blown by for that game tying dunk.

Serge is definitely a good defender, though. He is strong and does not back down, noticed that even in his rookie year when he played Pau Gasol pretty well in the play-offs. Still, like Indiana says, shot blocking and being a good defender are not mutually exclusive. I find JaVale McGee to be a good shot blocker, but I do not consider him a good defender overall.

Shot blocking is definitely a skill and not everyone can do it well, but not everyone who blocks a lot of shots is Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Basically, some of these skinny shot blockers get pushed around. After all, on average they are blocking 2-3 opponent shots per game. They may change others as well, but I see a lot of people I consider better all-around defenders below the top 5 shot blockers this season (outside of Dwight Howard).

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So, Durant and Westbrook

So, Durant and Westbrook combined for 91, and the Thunder barely beat the eight best team in the west in overtime. This again brings up the point no one seems to harp on enough...the Thunder's supporting cast is god-aweful. Ibaka had a great game, but look at those empty box scores Perkins, Collison, Cook, Ivey, and Jackson gave. Not to mention James Harden was pretty terrible last night as well. This duo is amazing, and they might be good enough to win the west. But they have no depth what so ever.

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