Westbrook scores 58, yet Thunder loses fourth straight

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ESPN Stats & Information

March 8, 2017

Russell Westbrook scored a career-high and franchise-record 58 points, but the Thunder still lost to the Trail Blazers 126-121 on Tuesday. Looking at his performance, it’s clear he had little help from teammates, who struggled to make shots when he was not involved.

Westbrook shot 54 percent from the field (21 of 39). His teammates shot even better — 64 percent — off his passes. But on shots taken on plays in which he wasn’t involved, the Thunder shot 44 percent (14 of 32).

A look into Westbrook’s efficiency:

– He shot 50 percent (15 of 30) on contested shots. This was his first time in nine games he made at least half of such shots.

– He shot 50 percent (10 of 20) on pull-up jumpers off the dribble, his first time in seven games he made at least half of such shots.

– He scored or assisted on 82 of the Thunder’s 121 points (68 percent), including 41 of their 54 second-half points (76 percent). The 82 points scored or assisted on, and the 68 percent of the team’s total, are season highs for Westbrook.

– The Thunder was outscored by 12 points with him off the court Tuesday. Thunder has been outscored with him off the court six times in its past eight games and 43 times in 64 games overall this season.

– He had the second-highest-scoring game in the NBA this season behind Klay Thompson’s 60-point game in December against the Pacers. It was Westbrook’s third career 50-point game, his second this season. He and James Harden of the Houston Rockets are the only players with multiple 50-point games this season.

– He tied the SuperSonics/Thunder franchise record for points in a game, matching Fred Brown, who scored 58 in March 1974.

– The Thunder has lost four consecutive games in which Westbrook has scored 45 or more points. Elias Sports Bureau research shows that the most recent player to lose four games in a row when he scored 45 or more was Nate “Tiny” Archibald with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1972-73.

Most consecutive losses with 45-plus points in one season:

1962-63: Wilt Chamberlain (7)

1961-62: Walt Bellamy (7)

2016-17: Russell Westbrook (4)

1972-73: Nate Archibald (4)

1964-65: Wilt Chamberlain (4)

– Westbrook is the fourth different player to lose at least four straight games in one season when scoring 45 or more points, and Tuesday’s game was the fifth single-season instance of it overall.

– The Thunder is 11-23 when he doesn’t record a triple-double this season. They are 24-6 when he does.

– No player had scored as many as 58 points in a loss since Kobe Bryant in December 2006. Bryant also had 58, in a nine-point loss at Charlotte.

– Those are the only two instances in the past 20 seasons in which a player scored at least 58 in a loss.

– Since the All-Star break, Westbrook has five 40-point games. The rest of the NBA has four 40-point games in this stretch, and no other player has more than one. Westbrook’s 14 40-point games this season are five more than the next-closest player, Harden, with nine.

Did you know?

Westbrook had at least one basket against each Blazers player who was on the court.