Westbrook ties Oscar with 41st triple-double

Westbrook ties Oscar with 41st triple-double

For the Thunder, Russell Westbrook had an impressive 45 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds, but he didn't break the all-time record.

Since Robertson accumulated the triple-double total, only one player, Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68, even came remotely close when he logged 31 triple-doubles.

He moved past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the second-longest such streak in league history.

Klay Thompson poured in 41 points for the Warriors, who won their 12th straight game.

Fans in Memphis have been disappointed before when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were sidelined when the Cleveland Cavaliers came to town on December 14. "Right now, it's the last five games, so can we get better?" Whatever the team has needed — a big shot, a scoring flurry, a key pass, a defensive play — he has delivered.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 23 points, and Zach Randolph had 20 points and nine rebounds.

J.R. Smith made four of his five three-pointers in the third and Kyle Korver made two of his three from beyond the arc in the third.

Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Randolph connected on a 3-pointer that gave Memphis an 82-79 lead with 8:27 left in the game.

"No one can survive that", Magic coach Frank Vogel said.

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But the Cavs were already turning their attention to Boston -and beyond. "You're dealing with the MVP when he's playing like that", Randolph said. "It's not just me".

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook's quest to pass National Basketball Association legend Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in a single season continues. Gibson and Alex Abrines scored 12 apiece.

Westbrook triple-doubled again (40 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists) in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The fans at Chesapeake Energy Arena began to shout "MVP" during the stoppage.

"To be able to be on this stage with this group of guys, it's unbelievable and a blessing". "And I think for Russell, he's a unique talent that he gets an opportunity every night because of his ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways". Robertson is also the only player to have ever averaged a triple-double for the season.

While Westbrook has stated numerous times during recent interviews that his ultimate goal is to excel in a newfound leadership role, his accompanying 41 triple-doubles are enthusiastically welcomed.

Spurs 95, Grizzlies 89 (OT): Kawhi Leonard had 32 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio rallied in the final seconds of regulation before beating Memphis in overtime.

Memphis was without starting point guard and leading scorer Mike Conley, who was recovering from a gash over his eye suffered Tuesday night in San Antonio.

Westbrook - who had been on a run of seven straight triple-doubles - meanwhile was left satisfied with a win which tightens the Thunder's grip on sixth position in the Western Conference playoff rankings.

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