Thunder's Westbrook clinches triple-double average

Westbrook led the league in 2014-15. The last time the two teams met was on January 7 in Oklahoma City, and Jokic did not play in that game. This common theme is that they contain a star point guard.

Debate rages about who is the more deserving NBA Most Valuable Player - James Harden or Russell Westbrook.

"I'm a competitor. I'm sure if someone was chasing a record at home in OKC, he'd feel the same way". "They weren't bogged down by the way the season has gone".

Leandro Barbosa (right hamstring spasm) missed a seventh straight game.

As remarkable as the feat is, it should be remembered not as the end goal, but rather the end result of a player carrying his team.

Russell Westbrook created his own piece of history on Friday when he became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for the season. "That's the most important thing for me is if we get a win and he breaks the record, gets a triple-double, so be it", Malone said.

"I wasn't playing for records since I've been in the league", said Westbrook, who finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 turnovers. "I'm sure he's gonna pass Oscar for the most triple doubles, but I just didn't want it to be here".

Harden's supporters, too, announce his claim to the award with incredulous certainty.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets meet Sunday in National Basketball Association action at the Pepsi Center. He heard them again Friday night, the loudest ones coming when he headed to the scorer's table to re-enter the game with 10:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. He is also tied for first in three-pointers attempted (56), tied for second in three-pointers made (18), fifth in free throws made (63), fifth in free throws attempted (74), fifth in rebounds (52), fourth in assists (28) and tied for second in steals (11).

"There's no way that he can't get it".

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"You could never say in a million years that I would ever think that was even possible", Westbrook said Friday after clinching the triple-double average for the season.

With his triple-double in the books, Westbrook scored his team's final 13 points, including a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded after a timeout with 2.9 seconds left. Oklahoma City is 16th in points allowed (105.9) and ninth in efficiency (107.6), and Westbrook's the tone-setter on the perimeter.

The Thunder were left in a quasi rebuild mode this season, losing Durant - and later Serge Ibaka via trade to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder fell to 45-34 on the season.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

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. Filling out the top of that ballot will not have been easy. The emergence of center Nikola Jokic and the play of young guards Jamal Murray and Gary Harris have kept the Nuggets in the race.

Westbrook's history-making moment happened when he collected his sixth assist on a bucket by Victor Oladipo. And then what Harden is doing with that Houston Rockets team, they are two valid candidates.

"I hope he gets it", Booker said.

Following an upset loss to the Suns on Friday, the Thunder looks to bounce back against the Nuggets on Sunday afternoon in Denver.