The Year of Russell Westbrook continues as he etches name in history

09 April, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis

December 31: In a blowout win against the Clippers, Westbrook finishes with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists, his 16th triple-double of the season.

The Thunder travel to Phoenix tonight and the Suns are presenting Westbrook with yet another opportunity to make history.

With his sixth assist of the game Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, Westbrook clinched a triple-double averaging.

The dynamic Thunder guard fell two assists shy of what would have been his 42nd in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

For the season, Westbrook leads the league in scoring with 31.8 points, while posting career-highs in rebounds (10.7) and assists (10.4).

His pass to Victor Oladipo early in the 3rd quarter was Westbrook's 820th assist, assuring he would end up with a triple-double average for the year.

Russell Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double for the season.

In the hunt for that record, Westbrook has come up just short in two-consecutive games, which has been painstaking for National Basketball Association fans everywhere to watch on the edge of their seats.

The assists were enough to clinch his averaging a triple double for the season, joining Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 as the only National Basketball Association players to average a triple double for a season.

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Oklahoma City came out on fire on the third quarter with an 18-6 run and cut the Phoenix lead to 11 at 77-66 on two Westbrook free throws with 6:33 left. "It's a blessing. I'm just very thankful and happy to be able to do it".

A 3-pointer by Johnson tied it with about three minutes left before Harden made a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a layup by rookie Henry Ellenson to give Houston a 105-101 lead. The most common way to achieve a triple-double is through points, rebounds, and assists.

The Grizzlies, who will play San Antonio in the first round, also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol.

After the game, Westbrook went immediately to the Suns' practice court where he worked out instead of meeting with reporters. Suns won for the first time since they shut down a healthy Eric Bledsoe for the season.

"My main goal since I got here and especially this season is to win a championship", he said.

Even though the Suns have lost their last 13 games and have no incentive to win, they sure didn't look like a team headed for the lottery on Friday night. "I've seen enough miraculous things this year - at Dallas and Orlando - and I thought about taking him out at the stoppage of play around 3:40, 3:45".

Overall, the Thunder shot 36/22/72 while being outscored 85-65 by Phoenix's starters. When the Thunder got within 12, the Suns closed the period with a 13-2 blitz to extend the gap to 22 into the fourth.

The Thunder are facing Suns at Phoenix for their fourth match in this season.

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