Russell Westbrook Has A Triple-Double For The Season

Semaj Christon drives past Milwaukee's Spencer Hawes for a basket Tuesday night

Semaj Christon drives past Milwaukee's Spencer Hawes for a basket Tuesday night

Westbrook's 6th assist in the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) secured his place in the history books, a feat accomplished just once prior to this season - 55 years ago. For comparison, Karl Malone in 1989-90 was the last player in the National Basketball Association to average 30-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in a season, while Tiny Archibald in 1972-73 as the last to average 30-plus points and 10-plus assists for a season. He's had two different runs of seven consecutive games with a triple-double this season, seven 40-point triple-doubles and two 50-point triple-doubles, including a record-setting 57 points last Wednesday night in Orlando to go along with 11 assists and 13 rebounds in a 114-106 overtime win.

November 28: At Madison Square Garden, Westbrook torches the Knicks for 27 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists, raising his season rebounding average from 9.9 to 10.3.

Westbrook's chance at history was hampered by a miserable first half. Westbrook forced some passes in the first quarter and committed five turnovers in his first 10 minutes of play.

"That's part of history", Suns point guard Tyler Ulis said.

In any case, Westbrook will once again have an opportunity to break the record on Sunday in Denver after falling short in his previous two attempts.

The Phoenix Suns had the 13-game losing streak.

Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard and Dennis Schroder all sat out for rest after a 123-116 win over the Boston Celtics on Thursday.

The numbers Westbrook is putting up this season are astounding.

The win vaulted Atlanta past the Milwaukee Bucks for fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Suns became the first National Basketball Association team in at least 20 years to have four game-winners that leave no time remaining in a regular season, and Booker became the first player in the league with multiple such efforts this season. Johnson finished with 13 points off the bench, one of three Detroit reserves to score in double figures.

Irving left the game in the third quarter and went to the locker room because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

"Just after halftime my left knee just started kind of flaring up", Irving said. He was still in the game down 20, 25, and you could see he was being real passive, so we just stayed home; and if he was going to do a drop-off, we were going to foul and make them earn it. "I'll be all right".

One of the two men in this picture will nearly certainly be crowned as the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

Bryn Forbes scored a career-high 27 points to lead San Antonio's 102-89 romp over Dallas. The Nuggets are within one game of Portland for the last playoff berth in the West with three games to play.

Anthony Davis had 25 points and Jordan Crawford 20 for the Pelicans, who played without DeMarcus Cousins.

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