Westbrook ties National Basketball Association triple-double record

Even though Westbrook finished one rebound shy of making history with another triple-double, he made sure to make up for it in the clutch. Leonard's offensive numbers aren't as impressive as some of the other MVP candidates, but his leadership and defensive presence are why he's considered such a special player.

Westbrook continued inching closer to the record, and his 15 points in the third, helped Oklahoma City carry a 79-74 lead into the fourth.

"I was in shock, honestly, man. Kind of just sitting there and embracing the moment", he said.

"I didn't realize they were stopping (the game) for me until the ref was throwing the ball", he added.

"It's incredible, and he's played his heart out, so I think he deserves it", said Cox, who bought his tickets for this game two months ago. "The opportunity to play is something I'll never take for granted".

"It's something I could never have dreams of growing up", said Westbrook, who can break the record Robertson set in the 1961-62 season on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies in Memphis. He was able to get plenty of rest, playing only 27 minutes before giving way to the Thunder bench. He quickly pushed the latter two categories into double figures after the start of the second half.

Cavaliers great LeBron James took his career tally of triple-doubles to 54 on Tuesday with his 12th of the season, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Cleveland's 122-102 victory over the Orlando Magic.

"It will be good for us", Love said.

Not that Westbrook will make any public statements about how much he wants the MVP. "And you can feel that in the building and you could see that his team-mates were not going to let him down tonight". Westbrook has similar averages this season, logging in 31.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists with five games left. The remaining three are against teams with losing records - the Knicks, Detroit and Dallas.Gasol connected on his third 3-popinter of the game midway through the third quarter, giving him 100 for the season. The regular season may be coming to an end but Westbrook could very well set the record for most triple doubles in a season in the team's upcoming road trip.

Oklahoma City Thunder Starting Lineup: PG - Russell Westbrook, SG - Victor Oladipo, SF - Andre Robertson, PF - Taj Gibson, C - Steven Adams.

Archie Goodwin and K.J. McDaniels notched 14 apiece and Brooklyn, the NBA's worst team at 19-59, established a floor record for points. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 11 and pulled down 10 rebounds, but Milwaukee connected on just 35.8% of their shots and dropped their second straight decision.

It was a poor effort all around from the Bucks, as the game was really only competitive for the first quarter. And Russ only needed 22 minutes to get the job done.

  • Julie Sanders