Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to average a triple double

09 April, 2017, 02:38 | Author: Nora May

"This is my house!" he yelled at the crowd late in the game.

Russell Westbrook has became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for an entire season on Friday night, but he could not do enough to stop his Oklahoma City Thunder from losing to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

Russell Westbrook created his own piece of history on Friday when he became only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for the season.

"No, no it wasn't", Westbrook said earlier in the week when asked if it was a goal before the season to average a triple-double. They remained ninth in the Eastern Conference with three games to play (see full recap).

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.

Russell Westbrook started the game 0-for-11 from the field while totaling a whopping six turnovers in the first half.

After shooting 56 percent in the first quarter, the Suns bettered themselves with a 68.4 shooting performance in the second quarter. He went 5-of-6 from the foul line. "And just go out there and try to execute". Steve Nash held the Suns record with 18 straight points in 2006 prior to this season. Westbrook and Stephen Curry each have five. Allen finished last night with 7 rebounds, continuing his elevated rebound rate for the season. TJ Warren had a double-double of 23 markers and 16 rebounds, while Tyler Ulis added 12. Westbrook clinched the milestone with an assist to Victor Oladipo on a fastbreak layup.

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The Suns said Westbrook was hunting assists in pursuit of history in the fourth quarter.

The Thunder fell to 45-34 on the season. So much so, that at its summit Earl Watson's crew enjoyed a 28-point lead over listless Oklahoma City.

"It kind of gave us motivation, especially [Booker]", Head Coach Earl Watson said.

Suns improved to 10-1 when holding opponents under 40-percent shooting. A triple-double tonight would be his 42nd of the season, which would pass the all-time mark of 41 set by "The Big O" back during that 1961-1962 campaign.

Pistons: Michael Gbinije missed the game with a respiratory infection. Both men would be first-time MVPs should they win the honor. With the loss, Phoenix dropped to 22-57 on the season and 13-26 at home.

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To win the NBA MVP, the player must have success individually and as a team. Booker had a game-high 36 points, including scoring the Suns' final eight points. Nobody played defense back in the 60s, and the Royals finished seventh (out of nine) in points per game allowed (121.3) and eighth in defensive efficiency (96.9 points per 100). They still could get as high as No. 4 - which would mean home-court advantage in the first round - as they battle the Utah Jazz (48-30) and the Los Angeles Clippers (48-31) for the fourth, fifth and sixth positions.

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