Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson's single season triple-double record
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 20:07
He is averaging 41.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 13.7 assists in three games against the Suns this season. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 26 points.
If Westbrook is able to post another triple-double Wednesday night against the Bucks, the same franchise where Roberston won his lone National Basketball Association championship, it will be his 41st of the year, matching a seemingly unreachable mark.
Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter Tuesday night and the desperate Indiana Pacers rallied from a 19-point, first-half deficit and blew out Toronto 108-90.
Westbrook's latest triple-double came on a night of achievements for him. Westbrook and Harden have dominated most of the MVP talk, but Lebron and Leonard are equally deserving of being in the discussion. Westbrook said he just wanted to focus on the moment, yet his mind raced ahead to someday telling his unborn son about the experience. Oklahoma City never relinquished the lead as Westbrook recorded the Thunder's final five points.
"The crowd was screaming it, so yeah I heard it", Westbrook said.
In 76 appearances this year, Westbrook has scored 30 or more points on 42 occasions and has been held below 15 points just once.
Harden meanwhile is almost averaging a triple-double himself and has turned the Houston Rockets into a legitimate championship contender.
By halftime, Westbrook was just two rebounds and two dimes shy of history; he already had 12 points despite missing five of his nine attempts, and the Thunder were up big on the Bucks, 63-39. It definitely wasn't a goal, just going out and trying to win. Carter recalled when some suggested Kidd could reach Robertson's record and remembered a playoff series where Kidd averaged a triple-double over six or seven games.
With the Thunder now up 3.5 games over the Grizz, the 6th seed is a virtual lock.
The Thunder All-Star also tied Chamberlain for fourth all-time with his 78th triple-double. The remaining three are against teams with losing records.Gasol connected on his third 3-pointer of the game midway through the third quarter, giving him 100 for the season.
Westbrook continued his incredible season with 12 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds in the Thunder's 110-79 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Some web sleuths scrolled back through the timeline of Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers' Twitter timeline to find a prescient tweet about Westbrook's chances at history with Kevin Durant out of the picture. It took 55 years before a serious challenger emerged, but Russell Westbrook is on the verge of matching that mark.
The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with only four games to play.
"I'm happy to get the win", he said afterwards when asked if he was frustrated to get so close to what would have been the record triple-double tally. They haven't fared well against the Bucks, though, as Milwaukee has claimed the first three meetings, winning by an average of 16 points per game.