Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double

Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double

Westbrook only needs a total of six more assists (that's basically one per game) to join Oscar Robertson as the only two players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double in a season.

It marked the second straight game Westbrook failed to break the record as he remains stuck on 41 triple-doubles with Oscar Robertson who did it with the Cincinnati Royals in 1961-62.

Westbrook finished two assists shy of claiming a record 42nd triple-double of the season as he finished with 21-points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.

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.

Thunder: Oklahoma City is three games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 5 spot in the West.

October 28: 51 points, 10 assists and 13 rebounds.

January 13: With 21 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists at Minnesota, Westbrook notches his 19th triple double of the season.

"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.

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It didn't matter. Fans all around the league are showing how much they appreciate the Oklahoma City guard's energy during his historic run.

One could sense early that singular history would have to wait for another night.

The Thunder face the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, and play its regular season finale against the Nuggets again on Wednesday. The 13-game losing streak is over.

Westbrook's historic pace was all anyone really wanted to talk about before and after the game. Alex Abrines is out tomorrow while Andre Roberson is questionable with a sore knee but I'm sticking with the Thunder to get the win and cover in this one.

According to ESPN, the Thunder point guard has played almost 10 fewer minutes and around 25 fewer possessions per game less than Robertson did during his record-setting season. As it turns out, the Suns did everything in their power to stop it from happening, and the media asked Westbrook after the game if he was passing up shots intentionally, trying to get two more assists late in the loss.

Six Suns scored in double figures and the team shot 52 percent from the field.

Westbrook made his first basket on a 17-footer with 1:20 left in the half and followed with a three-point play to pull the Thunder within 71-48 at the half.

But it was Booker's big fourth quarter and penchant for excelling in the big moment that sealed the win. Westbrook certainly didn't disappoint in Memphis, scoring 11 of Oklahoma City's final 14 points. It would also mean that Westbrook would pass Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time triple-double list. However, sitting at sixth in the Western Conference, the Thunder as a team have not achieved enough for their star player to win the MVP award.

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