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Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd


October 28: In the Thunder's second game of the season, Westbrook records his first triple double of 2016-17 with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Suns. Not only was he just two assists shy of what would be an NBA-record 41 triple-doubles on the season, but the Suns intentionally fouled him late in the game despite being up by 20-plus points just so he couldn't break the record against them.

As for another slight "bitter" note, Westbrook finished the game with 23 points on 6-of-25 shooting with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Westbrook has put his team on his back on the way to an absolutely historic season, becoming the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to average a triple-double for the season. "If I wanted to get 10 assists I could get 10 assists".

"Right now, we're just trying to give so much experience to these guys", Dudley said of the Suns, who have played four rookies the past two games. But the Oklahoma City great became more than just that when shooting guard Victor Oladipo rolled a layup off the backboard and through the hoop at the beginning of the third quarter during the Thunder's loss in Phoenix.

The next stop on Westbrook's road show is Phoenix Friday night when the Thunder face the Suns. He now has six 20-point quarters, moving past Westbrook and Steph Curry for the most in the National Basketball Association this season.

Even though the Suns have lost their last 13 games and have no incentive to win, they sure didn't look like a team headed for the lottery on Friday night.

Westbrook stayed in the game long after the outcome seemed certain.

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The Suns players can deal with it and laugh it off because they are basking in their first win in a month - a wire-to-wire drubbing of the 45-33 Thunder on a night Westbrook was desperate to get that 42nd triple double.

One of the two men in this picture will nearly certainly be crowned as the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

Suns: Booker leads the National Basketball Association with six 20-point quarters. Westbrook certainly didn't disappoint in Memphis, scoring 11 of Oklahoma City's final 14 points.

And setting aside the triple-doubles for a second, his clutch heroics have arguably been more memorable than him consistently hitting a set of arbitrary numbers. The Oklahoma City Thunder have the ninth-quickest pace (97.8) mostly because of Westbrook, but the fact that he's been able to reign in a triple-double for the season is staggering because of his low-minutes allocation. They will host the Nuggets in the final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

Live Score Updates are available on official Twitter pages of Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns.

James scored 27 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, whose lead over the Boston Celtics for first in the Eastern Conference is 1.0 games with three to play.

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