Russell Westbrook ties triple-double record with 41st of stunning season
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 12:39
Westbrook had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists at halftime to help Oklahoma City take a 63-39 lead. Alex Abrines hit four 3-pointers for 12 points before suffering a left knee sprain in the second quarter.
James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Cleveland ran past Boston 114-91to move back into first place in the East.
The victory was sealed by yet another clutch fourth quarter from Westbrook, who finished with 14 points in the final 6:56, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with exactly two minutes to go, and another triple with 14 seconds left that pushed the Thunder's lead to four. Westbrook's teammates celebrated postgame by dumping water on him during his on-court interview, and a lot of the crowd hung around to chant "MVP" as he walked off the floor. "MVP!" long after the assist. The game was stopped momentarily to honor the feat and the OKC star waved to the crowd. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that season.
"It's a special night I definitely won't ever forget", Westbrook said.
I'm about to enter uncharted territory, especially as LeBron fan, but Westbrook also hasn't missed a game.
Kidd, who is third with 107 triple-doubles, was impressed with Westbrook's ability to dominate without scoring as much as usual.
"Just trying to get our team right going down the stretch brings out the best in me", James said.
"He didn't have to score 40 tonight to help them win", he said. In other words, a very high share of his total rebounds come without having to win a battle for a loose ball.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gestures after scoring a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.
In addition to tying Robertson, Westbrook also tied Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list with his 78th career triple-double.
Reserve centre Enes Kanter led the Thunder with 17 points.
Just when you thought NBA fans and basketball historians couldn't get enough, Russell Westbrook has made a decision to put himself in position to re-write history. Gasol has averaged 21.7 points per game against the Thunder this season.
MILWAUKEE - Snell 1-4 0-0 2, Antetokounmpo 3-10 5-8 11, Maker 2-8 3-5 7, Dellavedova 1-3 0-0 2, Middleton 4-11 0-0 9, Beasley 5-8 4-4 14, Hawes 3-6 3-4 10, Teletovic 2-9 0-0 5, Monroe 4-6 0-0 8, Terry 0-1 0-0 0, Payton 2-8 2-3 6, Vaughn 2-7 1-2 5. As a whole, the Thunder were able to shoot 47.6 percent and 32.1 percent from deep, 84 percent on 25 free throws, and a whopping 54 points in the paint.
Danilo Gallinari led seven Denver players in double figures with 28 points, and the Nuggets took advantage of two Jrue Holiday turnovers in the final 15 seconds to defeat New Orleans.