Russell Westbrook Has A Double-Double For The Season

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Joe Prunty's first game filling in for Jason Kidd produced a 113-100 win over a Philadelphia 76ers team that has won just one game all season.

"I just play, man, honestly".

For just a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed down. "I didn't realize they were stopping it for me until the ref was throwing the ball. The opportunity to play is something I'll never take for granted".

Westbrook indeed tied Robertson's record from the 1961-'62 season, wrapping up his triple-double with 9 minutes 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter when he grabbed a defensive rebound and hit Taj Gibson under the basket for an assist.

That's right, the 6'3 cyborg got his 41st triple-double with that assist.

The Thunder announced that Westbrook had completed the triple-double at the next stoppage, throwing a "No. 41" graphic on the big screen.

"It was the first time I'd seen that", Westbrook said.

"It will be good for us", Love said. Fantastic people, teammates, coaching staff. I had (James) Harden all year long; but, after witnessing it up close and personal, how can you not give it to a guy who accomplished such a great feat? He tied a career high with his seventh straight triple-double and needs two more to tie the mark for consecutive triple-doubles set by Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

A horde of Russ' critics always go back to his volume shooting or high turnovers when picking apart the potential MVP, and his history-tieing triple-double didn't feature any of that.

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Robertson set the record during the 1961/62 season and Westbrook can break it on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) in Memphis.

"It was something I'll never forget", Westbrook said. Westbrook assisted on six of their 14 makes and only scored five of Oklahoma City's 35.

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for Toronto.

Russell Westbrook waves to the crowd after tying Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record for triple-doubles in a season.

Westbrook's triple-double was his seventh in a row, which matches Robertson, Michael Jordan, and himself for the second-longest streak in National Basketball Association history. Meanwhile, Wesbtook (12 points), Alex Abrines (12, more on him soon), and Enes Kanter (11) led the Thunder's balanced opening-half attack.

After going scoreless, handing out five assists and hauling in five rebounds in the third, Westbrook had finally reached the point we were waiting for.

However, losers of two straight, Oklahoma City placed an early damper on the Bucks' plans by storming to a 63-39 halftime lead.

Michael Carter-Williams posted 20 points and added 11 assists, and Greg Monroe contributed his own triple-double, but the Bucks fell 109-95 to the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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