Westbrook fails to set record in loss to Suns

Apr 09, 2017, 02:41
Westbrook fails to set record in loss to Suns

That stat wasn't around when Robertson played, but he had two Hall of Famers alongside him, Jack Twyman and Wayne Embry, who averaged 22.9 and 19.8 points a night, respectively.

With three regular-season games remaining, the 28-year-old is averaging 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists. Only Oscar Robinson playing for the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacremento Kings) in the 1961-62 season has previously managed this.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns will be looking to snap an ugly 13-game losing streak after falling to the Warriors in a 120-111 loss on Wednesday.

Were the Suns actively denying Westbrook's attempts to get that 9th and 10th assist. It was an terrible start for the MVP candidate, missing his first 10 shot attempts and turning the ball over five times in the first quarter alone. I thought it would be a shame to have either one of these players not get the MVP award and sharing the award made sense. 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.

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Russell Westbrook started the game 0-for-11 from the field while totaling a whopping six turnovers in the first half. Russell Westbrook fell one rebound shy of a triple-double but still dominated the game with 45 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and five steals to go along with eight 3-pointers.

"Other arenas chant for him, too, probably two other arenas I've seen", Oladipo said.

Jared Dudley #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts to three point shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of the National Basketball Association game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on April 7, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. "It's nothing new, but it was a little different this game".

At 34.8 minutes a night, 15 players, on average, spend more time on the floor than Westbrook. Some people will say that Booker's 70 points are a bit tainted because the Suns were getting blown out. I just said, you know what, he gets hot around the 3-point line, we make a couple of shots. 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. Houston missed seven straight shots in span before Eric Gordon ended the drought with a 3-pointer to make it 97-93.

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Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com noted the triple-double machine replied, "F-k, I'm 6-25, what you want me to do?" when asked about the situation after finishing with eight assists.

"It kind of gave us motivation, especially Devin, " head coach Earl Watson said, referring to the crowd cheering for Oklahoma City.

The Suns, on the other hand, made no bones about the fact that their primary goal late in the game was to make sure Westbrook finished with single-digit assists.

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