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Westbrook misses triple-double, Thunder beat Grizzlies

Westbrook misses triple-double, Thunder beat Grizzlies

Led by Russell Westbrook and his record-tying 41st triple double of the season, the Thunder schooled the Bucks in a huge letdown of a game.

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook fell a rebound short of history Wednesday night in an otherwise spectacular performance.

Westbrook has more than handled taking on more of a lead role in Oklahoma City.

Wednesday night's game was no less thrilling, as Westbrook neared the National Basketball Association single-season record for triple-doubles one night after tying the mark that Robertson had held for 55 years. The crowd stood and chanted "MVP!" LeBron James has had many of those seasons in his decade-long run as the best player in the world. "I'm just truly honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City", Westbrook said post-game via ESPN.

Westbrook only put up 12 points in the 110-79 victory for Oklahoma City, but he added 13 assists and 13 rebounds for the all-around effort.

OKC with Durant would have not given Westbrook the opportunity to chase Robertson's record. "Kind of just sitting there and embracing the moment".

"Just trying to get our team right going down the stretch brings out the best in me", James said.

After a third-quarter explosion of 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, Westbrook was more than willing to fire when he returned in the fourth quarter, particularly on a night the Thunder was woeful from the stripe.

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"He didn't have to score 40 tonight to help them win", he said. "It showed that he was sharing the ball, and everybody was benefiting from that". Reserve center Enes Kanter led the Thunder with 17 points.

Michael Beasley led the Bucks with 14 points.

Milwaukee had been one of the league's hottest teams. And while there was plenty of talk about the triple-double mark, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said the win was priority. He hit a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left in the first half to reach double figures in points.

Kawhi Leonard made three free throws in the final minute to seal it, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds.

Exum played 24 minutes before hurting his right hip in the third quarter. Were outrebounded 53-38. It's very likely that Westbrook ends up averaging a triple-double this season.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for Toronto (47-31), which had won two in a row.

Robertson's 41 triple-doubles took place in the same 1961-62 season during which he became the first (and as yet only) player to average a triple-double over a full season.

Bottom line, NBA MVP or not, Russell Westbrook is having a season that our grandkids will know about. But at the same time, we were winning, and that's the most important thing. He played no further part in the game after bumping into teammate and centre Rudy Gobert while driving to the basket.


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