Westbrook finished the game with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists and the playoff-bound Thunder snapped a two-game skid.
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With a rebound and an assist within a matter of seconds of each other in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s mark for most triple-doubles in a single season with 41 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
This was a road game.
Westbrook tied the mark on Tuesday in Oklahoma City’s 110-79 rout of Milwaukee.
In typical Westbrook fashion, he needed only 22 minutes to record the triple-double.
Domantas Sabonis had 11 points and Semaj Christon 10.
A triple-double is the achievement of double-digit totals in three of the five key statistical categories – points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals – and is regarded as a barometer of all-round versatility.
The Pacers improved to 7-25 in games in which they trailed by at least 15 points. “We need to get back to our flow”. But at the same time, we were winning, and that’s the most important thing. He told reporters (via ESPN), “I just play, man, honestly”.
The win moved the defending champions into a tie with the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference before the two teams meet on Wednesday night.
But it was the way that Westbrook did it on this night, resembling more a Stephen Curry or Damian Lillard rather than LeBron James, choosing to shoot from long range rather than bull his way to the rim.
Fans in Phoenix should expect another show from the 6-foot-3 All-Star. Oklahoma City’s bench scored 65 points.
This was the seventh-straight triple-double for Westbrook, which is an incredible feat itself. “So take that Russell Westbrook”.
“It’s something I could never have dreams of growing up”, Westbrook said. “The opportunity to play is something I’ll never take for granted”.
Probably because the term triple-double hadn’t been coined and it wasn’t yet an official National Basketball Association stat. On top of that, Westbrook also has a chance to seal a triple-double average for the season by racking up 16 assists and could clinch averaging 30 points with 25 more over the next five games.
“From the tip we did a good job of making it tough for them”, point guard Russell Westbrook noted.
To put this record in perspective, the next person on the all-time list is Wilt Chamberlain, who managed 31 triple-doubles in 1973-74. “I’m not saying all the time, but clearly he’s impacting the game with his rebounding, assists and scoring”.
A series, not the entire year. And in those moments this season, Westbrook has often delivered. The Thunder then returns home to host the Denver Nuggets in the season finale.