We’ll start a new thing today, keying on something every day until the Thunder’s first preseason game.

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Man, the things Russell Westbrook has done to the Orlando Magic. From the 2015-16 season where he hit buzzer beaters and then during his solo year, Westbrook eviscerated the Magic all by himself en route to a 57-point triple-double and getting the win.

Fresh off a 14-point fourth quarter against the Mavericks just 48 hours before, Westbrook continually did it all again against Orlando. He probably shouldn’t have. He did though. Orlando led by as many as 21 in the second half as the Thunder seemed in disarray.

Then, Russell Westbrook happened.

Westbrook scored 29 points in the second half, 19 in the second half as the Thunder used a flurry of big threes from Russ in the fourth to mount the comeback. Westbrook would outscore the Magic 7-4 in the overtime session.

It’s really just the main theme of that season. The Thunder’s bench flailing away as the future MVP winner had to save the season once again.

None was more impressive than his fade away three with seven seconds left to tie the game. He did it with two guys in his vision and it still swished nothing but net.

“I didn’t know [it was going in],” Westbrook said. “I couldn’t see right away because two people jumped.”

It was Westbrook’s second 50-point triple-double this season. Before the 2016-17 season, a 50-point triple-double hadn’t been done since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975. Westbrook’s 57-point triple-double (57p-13r-11a), at the time, was the highest point triple-double. James Harden has since topped that.

“That is definitely a blessing,” Westbrook told reporters of his historic night in Orlando, Florida. “I definitely don’t take this game for granted, and I try to come out each night and try to compete at a high level. That is definitely something that is a blessing and definitely something that I can be proud of.”

Westbrook would go on and win the MVP and sealed our hearts.

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