Russell Westbrook ties 55-year-old NBA triple-double record

Tricia Pearson
April 9, 2017

Westbrook acknowledged, all things considered, the Memphis game was a complete success.

OK, from the outside let's just say that it REALLY looked like Russ was passing up shots at the end of the game in an effort to get assists, but does it really matter? Like I said, I'm a competitor. '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. "My job is to see what's going on, and try to find guys that'll make some shots and maybe we can get something going". Victor Oladipo added 15 points with five assists while Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter chipped in with 10 points each as the Thunder shot 43 percent from the field and 14 of 31 from the three-point line. T.J. Warren scored 23 for Phoenix.

Westbrook had probably his worst shooting first half of the season and his team-mates didn't show much interest in the contest as the Suns opened a 28-point lead. He missed his first 11 shots before finally getting a layup to go.

October 28: In the Thunder's second game of the season, Westbrook records his first triple double of 2016-17 with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Suns. The season series finished tied 2-2.

But it was Booker's big fourth quarter and penchant for excelling in the big moment that sealed the win. He now has an NBA-best six quarters with 20 or more points this season, one more than Westbrook and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. It's what cost him his chance at triple-double No. 42, which would have put him one ahead of Robertson's single-season record. At this time, the Suns decided that they were going to shut down one of their best players for the rest of the season, Eric Bledsoe. Westbrook's line: 1 point (0-of-6 ), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 turnovers in 10 minutes.

The Thunder will be back in action on Sunday in Denver when it takes on the Nuggets.

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The Thunder (43-34) is now locked into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Harden himself is two rebounds per game shy of averaging a triple-double.

"It kind of gave us motivation, especially Devin, " head coach Earl Watson said, referring to the crowd cheering for Oklahoma City.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand on the court during introductions to the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The fourth game between Thunder vs Suns' first ball Tip-off is at 09:00 pm CT (07:00 pm MST) at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Oklahoma City Thunder fans have reason to celebrate because not only is Russell Westbrook taking the entire league by storm but he also signed a contract extension guaranteeing he will be around to lead this franchise at least for a few more years.

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