Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s single-season record on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old secured his 41st triple-double of the season as he helped Thunder beat Milwaukee Bucks 110-79. Robertson set the record during the 1961-62 season.
The fans at the Chesapeake Energy Arena gave Westbrook a standing ovation while the PG tapped his heart to thank them. The man from Long Beach, California clinched his seventh straight triple-double of the season on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. The crowd stood and chanted, “MVP! MVP!” long after the assist, reported USA TODAY.
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Westbrook all set to break record against Memphis
Russell Westbrook finished the game with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists. The PG can break the record for triple-double in a single season in Thunder’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
The Thunder finishes their regular season at home. However, they play their next four away. Hence, Westbrook will have the opportunity to break the record against the likes of Memphis, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, or Minnesota Timberwolves.
Enes Kanter scored 17 points for the Thunder. Michael Beasley scored 14 points while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 11 points and 10 rebounds as Thunder posted their largest victory margin of the season.
Milwaukee was one of the league’s hottest teams until their back-to-back defeats to Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma. Jason Kidd, head coach of the Bucks was voted Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. He lead the team to a 14-4 record in March.
Westbrook had 12 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists to his name at half-time. His contribution allowed Oklahoma City to take a 63-39 lead. The 6-ft-3 PG hit a 3-pointer with 8.6 seconds left on the clock in the first-half to reach a double figure in points.
The 28-year-old claimed his 10th rebound and 10th assist six seconds apart. Westbrook retired for the night with 2:35 left in the third quarter.
Nate Robinson backs Russell Westbrook for MVP
Nate Robinson, Westbrook’s former teammate with Thunder in 2011, feels that Mr. Triple-Double should become MVP. The 32-year-old likes how Westbrook plays the game hard, with passion and fire.
“I gotta go with my guy, Russ. I’ve watched the hard work he’s put in and what he’s doing the Thunder. I mean, they play so well together. He plays with and energy — kids, if you’re watching Westbrook, that’s how you want to play the game,” Robinson said on SportsCenter’s Coast-to-Coast.
“You want play the game hard. You want to play the game with passion and fire. He’s been doing his thing out there. He’s having fun and doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. He loves his teammates. He makes everybody better. He’s a workhorse.”
Westbrook, with his performance against Milwaukee on Tuesday, also moved into a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth. Both have 78 triple-double to their name.
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