Los Angeles Lakers fans will always remember Russell Westbrook for interrupting LeBron James in the middle of a passionate locker room speech to remind everyone that it’s all about having fun.
Westbrook, 34, made his debut for the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at Crypto.com Arena in a 176-175 double overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.
This marks the first time in NBA history that a game goes to OT with the score tied at 150 or more. It’s also the second highest-scoring contest of all time. The league record for a final score is 183-180.
Malik Monk, another former Lakers player, hit a triple in Westbrook’s face to force overtime.
Westbrook, 34, scored his first 3-pointer of the contest during OT on a night that saw the Clippers set a new franchise record for makes from deep at 26. Both franchises also set new records for points scored in a single game.
Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox combine for 87 points
Westbrook was the first to score in the second overtime and had a turnover shortly after. He made up for it with a steal and an assist right away, but then fouled out the next play, finishing the game with 17 points, 14 assists and five rebounds as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Westbrook is a roller-coaster of a player who always gives his best effort, but the proof is in the pudding. He finished the contest with seven turnovers.
Monk (45) and De’Aaron Fox (42) combined for 87 points to overcome Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scoring a respective 44 and 34 points.
Clippers (33-29) remain two places below No. 3 Kings (34-25) in the Western Conference.