Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 58 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 126-121 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday night.
Westbrook called the day shooting 21 of 39 from the floor and 13-for-16 on free throws. He started off the game by scoring 28 points in the main half.
Westbrook is the principal guard to score no less than 55 points and lose since Kobe Bryant on December 29, 2006, as per Clevis Murray.
Russell Westbrook is the first guard to score at least 55 points and lose since Kobe Bryant on 12/29/06.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) March 8, 2017
Westbrook’s previous career high was 54 points against the Indiana Pacers on April 12, 2015.
It's a new career-high for Russ; however, a fourth straight loss for the Thunder pic.twitter.com/sUFXEVUqKO
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 8, 2017
Tuesday represented the second time this season Westbrook has topped the half-century mark in a single game, tying him with the Houston Rockets’ James Harden for the league lead in that category. He also now owns three career 50-point games.
ESPN Stats & Info pointed out Westbrook has scored at least 40 points five different times since the All-Star break, while all other players have combined to total four such games in that span.