Thunder's Russell Westbrook double-doubles against Suns

"If I wanted to get 10 assists, I could get 10 assists".

The Suns, who own the league's second-worst record, heard their home fans start cheering for the opportunity to see history in the fourth quarter. A triple double is one thing, a season average of 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds per game is utterly ridiculous.

Westbrook's chance to make history was hampered by a miserable first half.

The Grizzlies, who will play San Antonio in the first round, also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol. "I'm happy it wasn't here but we locked in defensively".

Russell Westbrook has become only the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for a season.

Westbrook needed only six assists to join the record Robertson set in the 1961-62 for the Cincnnati Royals.

"Get your mind right", he explained. Ironically enough, the Suns did some things at the end of that game to pad Booker's scoring numbers as much as possible, and a few Celtics players took issue with the way that took place.

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.

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"I wasn't trying for the triple-double", Donovan said. My main goal since I got here, especially this season, is to win a championship.

The Suns rushed out to a 28 point lead as OKC struggled to make any baskets early on before Westbrook and co. came alive. He missed his first 11 shots before finally getting a layup to go. He's the guy who's done something many people have never seen after his star sidekick left for greener pastures, all while playing every darn game like it's his last.

Warren had 11 of his 15 first-half points in the first quarter and the Suns had 24 of their 32 points in the paint to build a 13-point lead.

PHOENIX - The Suns prevented Russell Westbrook from breaking the NBA's single-season record for triple-doubles on their home court, disappointing a crowd that cheered and chanted for him during a freakish fourth quarter on Friday night.

Westbrook is tied for fourth on the NBA's all-time list of triple-doubles, tied with Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. It's the highest scoring mark of Westbrook's career, to go with career marks in rebounding (10.7) and assists (10.4).

Westbrook should get triple-double #42 tonight to break the record for most triple-doubles in a season. Down 20 points, Thunder coach Billy Donovan finally pulled Westbrook with 2:34 left.

He had seven straight triple-doubles before failing to get there the last two times.

The two teams play again on Sunday in Atlanta. With the loss, Phoenix dropped to 22-57 on the season and 13-26 at home. 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.

  • Lawrence Cooper