Westbrook's Late-Game Heroics Lift Thunder To Win Over Grizzlies
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 2:31
Westbrook, whose Oklahoma City Thunder travels to Memphis on Wednesday to meet the Grizzlies, needs one triple-double to break Oscar Robertson's single-season record of 41. Fans will frame their game programs and fathers and mothers will tell sons and daughters about their chance to watch Westbrook tie Oscar Robertson's 55-year old record of 41 triple-doubles in the season.
Westbrook only needs one more triple-double to break Robertson's record and take his place in National Basketball Association history, but right now, it's safe to say his focus is on picking up important wins to help OKC's playoff seeding.
Kevin Love led Cleveland with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Robertson is also the only player to have ever averaged a triple-double for the season. It was yet another vicious, brutal Westbrook takeover, following a long season of Westbrook fourth quarter dominance that has left fourth quarters themselves shellshocked by the sheer explosive power he keeps exerting.
With thanks to Westbrook's offense, Oklahoma City is in a great position. Wednesday night, Westbrook and the Thunder were right back at it, traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on the second night of a back-to-back.
Paul George, meanwhile, scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter as the desperate Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors, 108-90, also on Tuesday night.
Westbrook and the Thunder have four games remaining.
Every player gets caught flat-footed, and before you think we're just cherry-picking those two possessions, consider that Westbrook ranks in the bottom 20 percent or worse on defense against jump shots (52.9 effective field goal percentage against) and three-point shots (1.26 points per shot allowed).
For Oklahoma City, Victor Oladipo added 15 points and Steven Adams grabbed 10 rebounds.
Thunder: Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan recorded his 100th win as coach of Oklahoma City.
After going scoreless, handing out five assists and hauling in five rebounds in the third, Westbrook had finally reached the point we were waiting for.
Grizzlies: Memphis opened a season-closing, four-game home stand with Wednesday's game. The Grizzlies fell in overtime and Conley needed a large stitch under his right eyelid. He was good enough that he had Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale holding onto the only thing he could - that they didn't give up the record-breaking triple-double. "It really blew up overnight". The cut is on the opposite side of Conley's face from the broken facial bones suffered in a playoff series against Portland two years ago.
The Thunder will continue its road trip in Phoenix on Friday night.