Westbrook one rebound from record mark

The Oklahoma City Thunder's mile-a-minute point guard took the time to soak in the atmosphere on Tuesday night after he matched Oscar Robertson's single-season record with his 41st triple-double.

It's likely only a matter of time before Westbrook has the most triple-doubles in National Basketball Association history, but in today's scoring environment, coupled with a lack of meaningful rebounds and spotty defensive effort, it looks more impressive than it is. "M-V-P!" rang out for Westbrook, who raised an arm in acknowledgement as the feat was recognized by the arena announcer when play was stopped.

Russell Westbrook waves to the crowd after tying Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record for triple-doubles in a season.

Needless to say, the six-time All-Star is putting up MVP numbers - 31. Westbrook is averaging 27.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and eight assists in three meetings with the Grizzlies, although he is shooting just 33.9 percent in those affairs.

With five games left in the regular season, Westbrook is inching closer and closer to a season-long triple-double average as well.

The Memphis crowd wasn't chanting the title, but Grizzlies F Zach Randolph sure was after watching in amazement some of the shots by Westbrook, who finished 14 of 25 from the field, and 8 of 13 from outside the arc. Westbrook saw his streak of seven straight triple-doubles snapped. But the Thunder also have five games to solidify their position in the West, starting on Wednesday in Memphis. The Thunder also frequently concede rebounds off missed free throws to Westbrook, thus further padding his stats.

Joe Prunty's first game filling in for Jason Kidd produced a 113-100 win over a Philadelphia 76ers team that has won just one game all season. Westbrook scored 15 points in the third quarter and his 3-pointer, followed by another from Doug McDermott, gave Oklahoma City a 10-point lead (67-57), its largest to that point.

Bucks play at IN on Thursday.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who avoided their first four-game losing streak of the season and moved into a tie with Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference.

The game pretty much became the backdrop for Westbrook's triple-double watch.

Cavaliers 122, Magic 102: LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, Kevin Love scored 28 and Cleveland sank 18 3-pointers against Orlando.

"Like I've said before", Westbrook said, "Winning is the most important thing, especially for me and definitely for our team".

"From the tip we did a good job of making it tough for them", point guard Russell Westbrook noted.

The game was marred by a shoving match between Indiana's Lance Stephenson and DeRozan with 3.3 seconds left. Assists - M 16 (Antetokounmpo 4), OC 29 (Westbrook 13).

  • Julie Sanders