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. But the Oklahoma City great became more than just that when shooting guard Victor Oladipo rolled a layup off the backboard and through the hoop at the beginning of the third quarter during the Thunder's loss in Phoenix. It was empirically odd, unparalleled in any other basketball climate, other than maybe a Phoenix game recently when star 20-year-old Devin Booker went for 70 points in part because his team fouled late to extend the game.
With six assists tonight, Westbrook can also assure a season-long triple double average, another Robertson feat unmatched for more than half a century.
If Westbrook played the same amount of time as Robertson, he'd have the best statistical season in National Basketball Association history, and it wouldn't even be close - 40.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, 13.2 assists.
Oscar Robertson (30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists) had been the only player in league history to reach those numbers. Westbrook etched his name in history by recording eight assists and ensuring the first triple-double average in a season since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62.
With 21 fourth-quarter points, Booker now leads ALL NBA players with SIX 20-point quarters this season, putting him one ahead of Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.
"I hope he gets it, just not here, not versus us".
The aggregate total of those three games reads like this: 41.7 points per game (PPG), 13.7 assists per game (APG) and 13.7 rebounds per game (RPG).
Liverpool concedes late to draw 2-2 against Bournemouth
Sturridge will have plenty of incentive to recapture his form during his side's last eight games of the league campaign. With his goal against Bournemouth on Wednesday, Philippe Coutinho wrote his name in the Premier League record books.
The triple-doubles just kept coming. Westbrook's line: 1 point (0-of-6 ), 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 turnovers in 10 minutes.
Fourth quarter, we had such a big lead and the only thing he needed was assists, so the whole game plan changed. It's the first triple double against the Celtics in 230 games.
Gordon Hayward had a career-high 39 points as the Utah Jazz rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113, while Julius Randle's 25 points led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 98-94 win over the Sacramento Kings.
Doug McDermott #25 of the Oklahoma City Thunder cant get a shot off in time at the end of the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. With the win, Oklahoma City improved to 45-33 on the season which is still good for sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Nuggets or T-Wolves will take a page from the Suns' book and do their best to deny Westbrook history. The Suns shot 61 percent for the half and set a season high for points in the first half.
Westbrook got off to possibly his worst start of the season in Phoenix.