Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd

Westbrook fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

The reason Westbrook has been talked about for most of the season is because he is averaging a triple double for the season with 31.8 points per game, which is the most in the league, 10.7 rebounds per game and 10.4 assists per game.

The assists were enough to clinch his averaging a triple double for the season, joining Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 as the only National Basketball Association players to average a triple double for a season. Should Westbrook record a triple-double in any of those matchups, he will set the record for the most triple doubles ever recorded in a single season. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 35.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.

Perhaps in Bryant's mind the questions should have been centered more around Westbrook's accomplishment, but it really did look like he was intentionally passing up shots to look for assists toward the end of the game, so it was the media's responsibility to at least ask the question. My main goal since I got here, especially this season, is to win a championship.

Westbrook almost had his 10th assist with two minutes left in the third quarter but Enes Kanter lost the handle going up for the basket and Westbrook took a seat until the fourth quarter. "Everybody wants to see the record broke, but it's bigger than that for our team and for me".

"My job is to see what's going on and find some guys that can make some shots so maybe we can get something going".

The Nuggets then head to Oklahoma to play the Thunder, who could be resting now that they have locked into they sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Booker tied his own franchise record for consecutive points he set on January 14 against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. He has three games left in the regular season. As stated ad-nauseam, Oklahoma City's only stake today is Westbrook's bid for seasonal history.

"Yeah we were up 20 and we knew he needed two assists", Booker said. I thought it would be a shame to have either one of these players not get the MVP award and sharing the award made sense.

Westbrook, who wears a rubber bracelet on his wrist with the words 'Why Not, ' said, "there's always the perception that I don't have control and that I'm mad".

With 41 triple-doubles, that means that Westbrook has had a triple-double for every other game this season.

Suns: Booker leads the National Basketball Association with six 20-point quarters. "He was phenomenal down the stretch".

There is no doubt that Harden is having a great season, but Westbrook is simply having an even better season.

He scored the Thunder's final 13 points, including his game-winner at the death after a timeout was called with 2.9 seconds remaining. Booker had six points in the final 1:59, including a driving layup with 2.1 seconds left to put the Suns up 32-19.

The Suns (23-57) led by as many as 28 points.

Westbrook had only three assists at halftime but had one on each of the Thunder's first three baskets of the second half, capped by a length-of-the-court pass to Victor Oladipo 90 seconds into the third quarter. The two teams Westbrook didn't get - the Blazers and Bulls - were spared by only a handful of rebounds and assists.

Oklahoma City came out on fire on the third quarter with an 18-6 run and cut the Phoenix lead to 11 at 77-66 on two Westbrook free throws with 6:33 left.

  • Julie Sanders