Westbrook Records 41st Triple-Double
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 19:48
TIED RECORD. Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook comes up with his 41st triple-double of the season to equal Oscar Robertson's record. "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.
As the final scoreline indicates, the Thunder dominated the Bucks in all phases en route to further solidifying their status as the Western Conference's likely No. 6 seed. He told reporters (via ESPN), "I just play, man, honestly. Kind of just sitting there and embracing the moment", he said. "The opportunity to play is something I'll never take for granted".
Westbrook tied the record set by Robertson in the 1961-62 season by totaling 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists. LeBron is averaging 26.3 ppg, 8.7 assists, and 8.5 rebounds this season.
New closer Greg Holland earned his second save in two days, Gerardo Parra hit a three-run double and the Colorado Rockies outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers for a 6-5 victory Tuesday night.
It was the 78th triple-double of Westbrook's career, tying him with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth place in National Basketball Association annals.
What can be said about Russell Westbrook's wonderful season that hasn't been already? "It's an honor, (a) blessing, especially to be able to reach that here at home". Fantastic people, teammates, coaching staff.
The All-Star also tied Chamberlain for fourth all-time with his 78th career triple-double. And while there was plenty of talk about the triple-double mark, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said the win was the priority. "And you can feel that in the building and you could see that his teammates were not going to let him down tonight".
It took Westbrook just two games sans Durant to post his first triple-double this season, as he torched the Suns for 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists after falling just one assist shy against Philadelphia in the season opener.
Russell Westbrook has been stacking up triple-doubles like no one in half a century and producing late in games like few players in recent memory.
Michael Beasley scored 14 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, who never led after the Thunder went ahead 18-16 on Enes Kanter's bucket with 2:42 left in the first quarter.
He did not need to score much vs. the Bucks after the Thunder led big after the first quarter, 28-20 and the first half, 63-39. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that season. In a game typical of what we have come to expect over the years, both teams clawed and scratched their way to the finish line, with the lead changing hands multiple times in the final minutes of play. "For us to win this game to get to tomorrow's game".