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

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

Six assists didn't come quickly. The fact of the matter is that Russell Westbrook is one of two players in National Basketball Association history able to accumulate all of these stats for an entire season. They didn't come easy, either.

After Kevin Durant bailed on the Oklahoma City Thunder this past offseason, most expected Russell Westbrook to pick up the slack and flourish in his new alpha role. "For me to do it, it's an extreme blessing".

His season averages are now 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. Allen finished last night with 7 rebounds, continuing his elevated rebound rate for the season.

To be honest, about a month ago I would have agreed.

The pass leading into an Oladipo make turned what could have been a forgettable game into a festively weird one with footnotes.

Of averaging a triple-double for the season, Westbrook said, 'You could never say in a million years that I would think that was even possible'. Without him, Golden State struggled before compiling its current 13-game winning streak that allowed them to clinch the top seed in the National Basketball Association playoffs. They also felt provisionally odd. Westbrook clearly hunted for the record as he tried to pick up those final two assists, and the Phoenix crowd hung on every move.

He missed his first 11 shots before sinking a 17-footer with 50.4 seconds left in the half. It was an terrible start for the MVP candidate, missing his first 10 shot attempts and turning the ball over five times in the first quarter alone.

Westbrook needed only six assists to join the record Robertson set in the 1961-62 for the Cincnnati Royals.

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From the onset of the game, Notre Dame provided no real match for the Pioneers, as Denver controlled every aspect of the game. The floodgates opened against ND goalie Cal Petersen , the Mike Richter Award finalist along with Jaillet and three others.

Lastly, the Thunder's commitment to defense - and that includes Russ - makes Westbrook's achievement that much harder because he's expending energy on both sides of the floor.

The Celtics, who were up handily, could have double or triple-teamed the Suns guard to stop him from scoring.

Boban Marjanovic, Detroit's 7-foot-3 backup centre, led the Pistons with a career-high 27 points with 12 rebounds off the bench and Stanley Johnson hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left before adding two free throws to lift the Pistons to the 114-109 victory Friday night. The Suns were actually focusing on keeping Westbrook under 10 assists, so it made for a hilarious fourth quarter.

Booker tied his own franchise record for consecutive points he set on January 14 against the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. "I'm at my home arena and you're hearing chants to another guy, which I totally respect Russell".

Not to the fans standing throughout the lower bowl in the final minute.

"Very", Ulis said. "You know, that's part of history, you don't want to be on the opposite end of history when that happens".

The setting wanted to be iconic. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 45-33 on the season which is still good for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.