Russell Westbrook debuted for nan Los Angeles Clippers Friday night, and his first crippled will undoubtedly beryllium remembered.
Westbrook had 17 points and 14 assists successful 39 minutes but fouled retired successful nan 2nd overtime arsenic nan Sacramento Kings defeated nan Clippers 176-175 successful nan second-highest-scoring crippled successful NBA history.
Russell Westbrook, #0 of nan LA Clippers, looks connected during nan crippled against nan Sacramento Kings connected February 24, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles, California. ( Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
It was only nan 2nd clip successful convention history that some teams scored astatine slightest 170 points.
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The highest-scoring crippled remains nan 1983 matchup betwixt nan Detroit Pistons and nan Denver Nuggets erstwhile Detroit won 186-184 successful 3 overtimes.
"I thought was a awesome game. A batch of momentum shifts," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
The Clippers held a 175-169 lead pinch conscionable nether 2 minutes to play successful nan 2nd overtime, but Sacramento scored nan last 7 points including De'Aaron Fox’s jumper pinch 36.1 seconds remaining to springiness nan Kings nan lead.
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De'Aaron Fox, #5 of nan Sacramento Kings, dribbles nan shot during nan crippled against nan LA Clippers connected February 24, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles, California. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Fox vanished nan nighttime pinch 42 points, 12 assists, and 5 steals, playing 45 minutes successful nan win.
"We conscionable had to grind this crippled out. We were connected nan 2nd nighttime of a back-to-back but it is what it is. We person a younger squad than them," Fox said.
Malik Monk had 45 points disconnected nan bench, making it nan first clip 2 Kings players person scored astatine slightest 40 points successful a game successful franchise history.
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"We conscionable stuck pinch it. We sewage down 12 astatine 1 constituent but conscionable had our heads up. We knew they were going to fto america backmost in," Monk said.
For nan Clippers, Westbrook’s debut came a fewer days aft LA signed nan nine-time All-Star aft being waived by nan Utah Jazz earlier successful nan week.
"It's astir what I imagined," Clippers prima Paul George said, according to ESPN. "The logic why I was precocious connected Russ being a portion of this squad was because of what he brings, and you saw nan flashes of it tonight."
Malik Monk, #0 of nan Sacramento Kings, celebrates aft nan crippled against nan LA Clippers connected February 24, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles, California. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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George, who scored 34 points Friday night, was teammates pinch Westbrook successful Oklahoma City successful 2018-19.
"We needed a constituent guard," George said. "We needed personification that you saw tonight, personification to get america successful offense, personification to get america easy baskets and a level general. That was conscionable a necessity that we needed."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Joe Morgan is simply a Sports Reporter for Fox News.