Westbrook Ties Triple-Double Mark As Thunder Rolls

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena began to shout "MVP" during the stoppage.

Oklahoma City is coming off a 110-79 win over the Bucks last night at home to improve to 44-33 on the season. I give thanks to the man above. "Just kind of sitting there, embracing the moment", Westbrook said of the stoppage. "I didn't realize they were stopping it for me". "The opportunity to play is something I'll never take for granted".

The Thunder announced that Westbrook had completed the triple-double at the next stoppage, throwing a "No. 41" graphic on the big screen.

A stretch of hyper-efficient monster games from the King down the stretch could pull his season averages closer to Harden and Westbrook, making what was a two-man race a three-man ballot.

"It will be good for us", Love said. And Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters Tuesday the team is "hopeful" for his return this weekend. Still, this season Westbrook is on another level, grabbing 17.1 percent of his team's available rebounds, the highest for a guard qualifying for the scoring title since 1981-82, when Magic Johnson grabbed "only" 13.7 percent of the rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Westbrook also moved into a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time list with his 78th career triple-double - helping the playoff-bound Thunder record their largest margin of victory this season.

After the Thunder's rout of the Bucks, Milwaukee guard Jason Terry was convinced who the victor should be.


He's tied the record, and Wednesday night he will attempt to break it and have it all to himself.

Westbrook needs just 16 assists over the team's final five games to average a triple-double for the season.

"It was one of those nights, a special night", Westbrook said. "Something I'll definitely never forget. I'm just truly honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City", Westbrook said post-game via ESPN.

Oklahoma City can clinch the No. 6 seed if it wins in Memphis on Wednesday night.

The Thunder have made a habit of winning when Westbrook records a triple-double this season - now 32-9 - but they had lost in the last two instances, a tough defeat to the Spurs and an ugly one to the Hornets, both at home. Russ has his second streak of seven-straight triple-doubles this season, and underneath those remarkable stretches are a pair of 50-point efforts, making him and James Harden the only players in league history to have a triple-double with that many points - let alone two. Kanter led all scorers with 17 points as the Thunder bench combined for 65 points.

Gordon Hayward scored 30 points as the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-87, while Ben McLemore scored 21 of his 22 points in the second half and led six players scoring in double figures as the Sacramento Kings beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-87.

Kiwi center Steven Adams had a quiet night with nine points and five rebounds, while Giannis Antetokounmpo was the best of the opposition with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

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