Russell Westbrook is the first player in 55 years to average a triple double for an entire season

Westbrook joins Oscar Robertson as the only player to average a triple double in NBA history.

With his sixth assist in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s matchup against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, Russell Westbrook officially etched his name into the history books. He has joined Oscar Robertson as the only player in NBA history to average a triple double for an entire season.

He also joins Robertson and Nate “Tiny Archibald” as the only players in league history to average 30 points and 10 assists in a season.

Westbrook recorded his 820th assist at the 10:36 mark in the third quarter when he found a streaking Victor Oladipo with a pinpoint outlet pass for a fast break layup. He picked up rebound No. 820 in Oklahoma City’s April 4 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Here is the assist that sealed the triple-double average for the season.

Westbrook only needs four more assists to pick up his 42nd triple double of the season, a mark that would be the most in NBA history. He is currently tied with Robertson’s single-season record of 41.

In the words of Mark Jackson, “Mama, there goes that man.”

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Open thread for night owls: Senators to discuss (whisper) climate change Monday near Mar-a-Lago

Tina Casey at CleanTechnica writes—Pantsed! US Senate To Discuss Climate Change Risks This close To Trump’s “Winter White House”

The hits just keep on coming for US President Donald Trump. Energy industry stakeholders have consistently exposed his pledge to bring back coal jobs as an empty promise, and now his position on climate change is getting the Bronx cheer from the Florida community of West Palm Beach, which happens to be home to the A-list Trump International Golf Course. That’s just few minutes’ drive away from Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort club in Palm Beach, aka the “Winter White House.”

West Palm Beach has agreed to host a hearing on climate change for the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this coming Monday, so fasten your seatbelts…

The Florida coast line showing a sea level rise of five feet in blue.

For those of you familiar with the political breakdown in US governance, it’s somewhat odd that the Senate would engage in the rather dramatic maneuver of engineering a field hearing on climate change right in President Trump’s own backyard. […]

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Russia is deploying Dmitry Medvedev to rage about the Syria strike which is how you know they’re not really that mad.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

At Daily Kos on this date in 2007—Baghdad in the Midwest:

We’ve spent a lot of time laughing at John McCain’s safe stroll through the Shorja market in Baghdad, but today it’s Rep. Mike Pence’s turn to be mocked for his asinine remark describing their shopping spree, complete with 100 American troops, 3 Black Hawk helicopters and 2 Apache gunships, as:

…like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summer time.

From today’s Los Angeles Times, Baghdad in the Midwest cornfields, the story of a typical Indiana family enjoying a trip to the market:

My wife came into the living room wearing a Kevlar vest, helmet and night-vision goggles.

“What are you doing?” I asked.

“Have you completely forgotten, silly head? We’re going to the market.”  […]

Carol helped the boys get ready, putting on their sneakers and body armor. I phoned the Indiana National Guard so that they could radio the 434th Special Air Wing at Grissom Air Force Base, which in turn scrambled two F-14 Tomcats. Then we hopped in the wagon.  […]

The F-14s flew by low. Each of us activated our earpieces and hand-held mini walkie-talkies, agreed on a frequency, and I slowed the car to 15 mph as Carol and the boys opened the doors and rolled out, taking cover under shrubbery near the Bibb lettuce stand (the boys love salad!) […] d

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we use the excuse of airing an all-new, pre-taped show to ignore Trump’s decision to bomb of Syria to impress the Chinese president at Mar-A-Loco to dive instead into the world of International Man O’ Mystery and Mercer “project,” Stephen K. Bannon.

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Dirk Nowitzki celebrates with fan who hit halfcourt shot during timeout

This is the life.

This Mavericks’ fan is having a ridiculously good night. First, check out the Dirk Nowitzki shirt she is wearing. I need that shirt. You can’t lose in that shirt.

Second, she just won a brand new 4K television by hitting this half court shot.

And third … SHE CELEBRATED WITH DIRK. Would there be anything better than this?

The Mavericks lost to the Spurs 102-89 and her shot didn’t go unnoticed to Rick Carlisle.

She also got a postgame interview after the game. What a star.

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