Feb. 19, 2012 – Serge Ibaka scored his first career triple-double and Kevin Durant broke 50 points for the first time in his career as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets in overtime, 124-118.
Ibaka finished the game with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocks for only the 14th triple-double in Oklahoma City Thunder/Seattle Super Sonics history. It is the third time this season he has blocked double digit shots and now has 102 blocks on the season, 17 more than JaVale McGee, his closest competitor.
Ibaka is now on pace for over 200 blocks, an impressive feat since he led the NBA last season with 198 in 82 games. This NBA season will only play 66 games this season because of the NBA lockout.
Ibaka was one of four Thunder players to score double-digit points, though. One of the others was the other big story of the game.
Kevin Durant has won the NBA scoring title for two consecutive seasons so it might come as a surprise to learn he had never broke 50 points in a game before. That all changed in the win over Denver, as he scored 51, his highest output ever. His previous high was 47.
To tie the two landmark events together, it was Ibaka’s 11th block of the game, and the subsequent pass to Durant, that set up the foul, allowing Durant to make his final two shots of the game.
Russell Westbrook would not be overlooked, though. In the same day that LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined for 52 points, the Thunder’s superstars outplayed them. Westbrook scored 40 points and he and Durant combined for 91 total points between the two of them. The Miami Heat, in their win, scored 90 points combined as a team.
To add even more excitement to the game is the fact that Denver still led by five with less than a minute to play in regulation but the Thunder scored those five quick points to send it into overtime. Seven different Denver players scored in double digits, led by Arron Afflalo’s 27. Al Harrington had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds while Andre Miller had his own double-double with 21 points and 10 assists.
Oklahoma City returns on Feb. 20 for their third straight home game, this one against the New Orleans Hornets.
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