Basketball

Westbrook just misses another triple-double

NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook netted a game-high 28 points but missed out on a fifth consecutive triple-double in Oklahoma City's 110-94 home victory over the Sacramento Kings yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Westbrook, averaging a league-high 31.7 points a game, also passed off 10 assists but managed only eight rebounds before being removed with 58 seconds left and the outcome not in doubt.

The Thunder's fifth consecutive victory improved the team's record to 40-29 to match the Los Angeles Clippers for fifth in the Western Conference.

With 13 games left in the regular season, Westbrook has managed 34 triple-doubles - double-digit performances in three statistical categories in one game.

That leaves him seven triple-doubles shy of Oscar Robertson's record of 41 in a single season from the 1961-62 campaign. That season was also the one in which Robertson became the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.

Robertson scored 30.8 points, pulling down 12.5 rebounds and passing off 11.4 assists a game for the Cincinnati Royals, who moved to Kansas City in 1972 and again to Sacramento in 1985.

Westbrook could become the second NBA player to average a full season triple-double.

In addition to his top points total, the 28-year-old American guard is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 10.4 assists a game. - AFP


OTHER RESULTS

  • Golden State 117 Milwaukee 92
  • Houston 109 Denver 105
  • Chicago 95 Utah 86
  • Memphis 104 San Antonio 96
  • LA Clippers 108 Cleveland 78
  • Charlotte 98 Washington 93
  • Portland 113 Atlanta 97
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