Russell Westbrook Dazzles In Thunder's Win Over Grizzlies


The Thunder also have five games left in the current season so Westbrook has a big chance to break the National Basketball Association legend's record.

Russell Westbrook can't stop. And that was as close as Milwaukee would get, as Westbrook powered the Thunder to a 63-39 halftime lead, contributing 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists before the break to relieve any doubt that he would notch triple-double No. 41. Memphis finished its road schedule with a 95-89 overtime loss to San Antonio on Tuesday to fall 2 1/2 games behind the Thunder but only has four games left to play.

"Moments like this are something you wanna cherish and something I can tell my new son as he gets older", Westbrook said. "Something I'll definitely never forget".

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.

Elsewhere, John Wall scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter, helping Washington hurt Charlotte's playoff chances with a 118-11 win. Westbrook, the NBA's scoring leader, made just four field goals. They win games by grinding them out and executing the game plan. "It showed that he was sharing the ball, and everybody was benefiting from that".

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Five other OKC players scored in double figures, led by Enes Kanter with 17 points. If you work in the league and are with a team you're 100 feet deep.

His team, the Oklahoma City Thunder could not be much more pleased. When, with the Thunder hanging on by a point, Westbrook dropped his 8th three of the night, and 3rd of the 4th quarter, to give OKC the cushion it needed to grab the win.

The MVP candidate sank eight 3-pointers, tying a career high.

Midway through the third quarter, Memphis made a run to cut the deficit to 4.

"But I was just sitting there thanking God for the opportunity to play". Lowry, who had missed 18 games, helped the Raptors overcame a 20-point first-half deficit.

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For the Thunder, Alex Abrines won't be able to go after sustaining a knee injury against the Bucks.

With triple-doubles in six consecutive games and a 14-day span since the last time he failed to register one, Westbrook has ignited the Thunder's offense and submitted a legendary performance.

The Pacers were 9 of 13 on 3-pointers in the second half. Oklahoma City's bench scored 65 points.

The point guard said he couldn't help but be aware late in the game that he was a rebound away from sole possession of the mark Oscar Robertson set in the 1961-62 season.

Westbrook, on trying to focus after tying Robertson: "I airballed a 3 right after that. Tonight was a great night". Normally chasing the play on defense, Doug McDermott was even credited with his first block of the season, hustling back to squash the Bucks' fast break.

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In other words, the Thunder are sitting in the No. 6-seed position, nearly certainly headed for a first-round meeting with the fellow MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets, in large part because Westbrook keeps willing them to wins.