It’s not too often that Kevin Durant (51) and Russell Westbrook (40) notch scoring career-highs in the same game. Even more, it’s not everyday that a triple-double is an afterthought (Serge Ibaka’s 15 rebounds, 14 points and 11 blocks). For the first time in NBA history, a team had two 40-point scorers and another player with a triple-double.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is your 2011-12 NBA season.
In light of said performance, I bring your attention to the above photo. During the contest, it appears that the springy Westbrook is about to take the soul of Kenneth Faried. But the all-time Division I (modern-era) rebounding leader from Morehead State had other plans:
The play would’ve been spectacular even if Corey Brewer didn’t immediately take the ball the length of the floor, pass three defenders and narrowly avoid Ibaka’s long arm to throw down the flush.
Sidenote: Ibaka would eventually atone against the elusive Brewer.