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Westbrook KEEPS DOING THIS.
Russell Westbrook can’t stop. He’s running on nitrous traveling 135 mph down the highway about to drive past every reasonable expectation for a human NBA player during a single individual season. He didn’t record a triple-double on Wednesday — which would have been his 42nd this season, breaking an NBA record for triple-doubles in a season — because he was saving something for the Thunder’s final four games. That’s the only reason I can come up with, at least.
Instead of breaking an NBA record that’s more than 60 years old that was considered to be unbreakable before this season, Westbrook instead recorded a simply unacceptable stat line: 45 points, nine rebounds, 10 assists, and five steals in a 103-100 win against Memphis.
In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City scored 24 points, and Westbrook scored or assisted on 19 of those. He dropped in 11 of the last 14 points by himself. It was yet another vicious, brutal Westbrook takeover, following a long season of Westbrook fourth quarter dominance that has left fourth quarters themselves shellshocked by the sheer explosive power he keeps exerting.
You might remember in a previous matchup against Memphis, Westbrook went on an individual 15-0 run in the final 2:35 to beat the Grizzlies.
In a three-point win, the Thunder needed every point Westbrook gave them. He was good enough that he had Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale holding onto the only thing he could — that they didn’t give up the record-breaking triple-double.
David Fizdale Pure Sarcasm Mode: “We held him from getting a triple-double. Take that Russell Westbrook.”
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) April 6, 2017
And when his team needed the dagger, well …
Here are Westbrook’s last eight games.
March 22 vs. Philadelphia: 18 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists
March 26 at Houston: 39 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists
March 27 at Dallas: 37 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists (scored 16 of final 18)
March 29 at Orlando: 57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists
March 31 vs. San Antonio: 32 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists
April 2 vs. Charlotte: 40 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists
April 4 vs. Milwaukee: 12 points, 13 rebounds, 13 assists
April 5 at Memphis: 45 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists
Don’t try to stop Westbrook — you’ll only end up hurting yourself.
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