It didn't matter. Fans all around the league are showing how much they appreciate the Oklahoma City guard's energy during his historic run. It's Westbrook's 13th triple double, and he ends the game with exactly 820 points for the season, clinching a double-digit scoring average.
The Thunder (43-34) is now locked into the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
On Wednesday, he was just one rebound shy of the mark, finishing with 45 points on 14-of-25 shooting along with nine boards and 10 dimes against the Memphis Grizzlies. We got the win.
That's not to downplay Robertson's achievement, but the Royals had other guys to go to if he wasn't playing well and that's a luxury the Thunder don't have. It would also mean that Westbrook would pass Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the all-time triple-double list. The overtime period enabled Westbrook to get triple-double #38 and break Harden's record for most points in a triple-double (53) that Harden accomplished back on December 31. Westbrook had 47 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds in regulation time.
The Suns controlled the game, though, shooting 52 percent from the field, led by 37 points from Devin Booker. I'm sure he's going to get it. "I think it will be better for him to get it at home anyway".
The Hawks didn't use any of their five starters against LeBron James's Cavaliers who had their four game win streak snapped. "He was phenomenal down the stretch". Westbrook has sliced and diced the Suns this season. Booker had six points in the final 1:59, including a driving layup with 2.1 seconds left to put the Suns up 32-19.
Phoenix led by as many as 28 points in the first half, and by 23 at halftime. He followed that quickly with a three-point play on an acrobatic drive to the basket. But at least he capped possibly the most important individual achievement Friday: He's one of two men ever to average a triple-double for a season. He had collected them by the early part of the third quarter.
The Thunder never got closer than 15 points in the fourth quarter.
He entrenched himself in National Basketball Association history, officially the second player ever to average a triple-double. "I've seen enough miraculous things this year".
"I'm honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson", Westbrook said.
"I hope he gets it, just not here, not versus us". 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. I took that personal. It's something that I'm honored to be able to do, especially in this game today, at the highest level. This perfectly sets up the two MVP candidates for a series and a chance to see who really deserves the trophy.