Russell Westbrook Dominant as Thunder Cruise Past LeBron James-Less Lakers

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- APRIL 2: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 2, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Russell Westbrook posted the first 20-point, 20-rebound, 20-assist triple-double in 51 years as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103 on Tuesday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

Westbrook contributed 20 points, 21 assists and 20 rebounds for the 45-33 Thunder. Per the TNT broadcast, he joined Wilt Chamberlain as one of two NBA players to ever earn a 20-point, 20-assist, 20-rebound triple-double.

Rob Perez of Action Network reported that Chamberlain last did so on Feb. 2, 1968.

Jerami Grant added 22 points, and Paul George had 19 points and five steals.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points for the 35-43 Lakers, who were without LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball.

Depth, Three-Point Shooting Limit OKC’s Playoff Ceiling

Is there a playoff team with a larger gap between their ceiling and floor than the Thunder?

On the positive end, how surprising would it be if the Thunder rolled to the Western Conference Finals as, say, a No. 7 seed that potentially avoids the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors until the third round?

They could even pick off the Warriors in the postseason if Westbrook fills up the stat sheet and George dominates on both ends as he’s become accustomed to doing.

On the negative end, the Thunder have two significant issues, and both present problems toward achieving that ceiling.

Both reared


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