National Basketball Association roundup: Russell Westbrook ties triple-double record
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 7:47
With vi d games remaining on the schedule, Westbrook has plenty of game-time left to cement his name in National Basketball Association history and further his case for league MVP. Marc Gasol lost the ball on the following possession, but Adams missed both free throws. "The opportunity to play is something I'll never take for granted".
That makes 41 triple-doubles on the season for Westbrook - tying Oscar Robertson for the most in a single season.
The 28-year-old Thunder star poured on 45 points in a scintillating display at Memphis's Fedex Forum as Oklahoma City clinched a nail-biting 103-100 win to improve to 45-44.
"I was in shock, honestly". He can break the record Wednesday night in Memphis after playing only 27 minutes against Milwaukee.
His latest triple-double came on a night of achievements for him. With two more on the trot he'd tie the mark for consecutive triple-doubles set by Chamberlain in March of 1968.
"Obviously, people came to see that, but it happens like that", Westbrook said. "It's an honor, (a) blessing, especially to be able to reach that here at home". That will pressure OKC's front office to do something this offseason to build a better roster around the other-worldly talent Westbrook provides. Unbelievable people, teammates, coaching staff.
Kidd, who is third with 107 triple-doubles, was impressed with Westbrook's ability to dominate without scoring as much as usual.
A horde of Russ' critics always go back to his volume shooting or high turnovers when picking apart the potential MVP, and his history-tieing triple-double didn't feature any of that.
Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter added 10 apiece.
"You can feel that in the building", Kidd said, "and you could see that his teammates were not going to let him down tonight". "We knew we were coming to a hostile building tonight and just wanted to try and play our game. and we did that". "We need to get back to our flow".
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.
Following a Taj Gibson offensive rebound, Westbrook set up from the top of the key before confidently hitting a clutch 3-pointer over the outstretched arm of Allen to give OKC a 101-97 lead with 14 seconds left in the game. Westbrook needs six assists in the Thunder's remaining four games to average a triple-double for the season.
Thompson had 14 of his 41 points in the second quarter and teamed with backcourt mate Stephen Curry for 23 more in the third as the Warriors, who trailed 37-35 in the second minute of the second period, gradually pulled away.
It was a poor effort all around from the Bucks, as the game was really only competitive for the first quarter.