Russell Westbrook did not have a happy day on the court. His team lost in Phoenix and he offered an uneven performance, deficient in several aspects of the game. In addition, he did not add his 42nd triple-double of the season. However, the OKC Thunder base made history.
It was played the third quarter when Westbrook gave a long pass to Victor Oladipo’s basket. It was the base’s sixth base in the match and assured him of going down in history. Mathematically, Westbrook already knows he will average a triple-double in the season! In the absence of 3 games for the end of the regular phase, Russ joins Oscar Robertson.
So far, Robertson had been the only player to complete such a tremendous feat. He did it 55 years ago, when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists in the 1961-1962 season. Westbrook has played 79 games in this course (all have played) and their numbers are at 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. It seems incredible … in 2017 … in the 21st century.
“I could not say in a million years I would have thought it was possible,” said the Thunder star at the end of the game. “I am very grateful and happy to have been able to do so,” he acknowledged.
Booker exhibition in the final room
Oklahoma City Thunder has virtually secured sixth in the West and his relaxation paid off in the first half by fitting a tremendous 71-48.
In the end, Phoenix beat Oklahoma 120-99 with Devin Booker taking over Westbrook in the fourth quarter. If in the third, Westbrook secured his triple-double in the season, in the fourth Booker got 21 of the 37 points he scored in the game. In addition, T.J. Warren finished the game with 23 points and 16 rebounds.
It was not Russ’s night. Thunder’s base finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. He stayed 2 passes to make his 42nd triple-double of the season and beat Robertson’s galactic record. But he finished with 6 of 25 in the shot and 8 turnovers.
OKC had Enes Kanter with 17 points in 20 minutes and Steven Adams completing a double-double.