ibusinesslines.com May 26, 2018

Russell Westbrook: king of the triple-double

21 April 2017, 07:28 | Charlene Valdez

Basketball 0

LeBron James continues to get overlooked for the MVP award this season

It was a priority for Westbrook to acquire the triple-double record after not passing the record in Phoenix when he was 2 assists short of from 42 triple-doubles. Coming out of a timeout down by two, he buried a 35-footer at the buzzer to give him 50 points on the night while lifting Oklahoma City over the Nuggets. Harden is tied for second in scoring at 29.2 points and leads the league in assists at 11.2. The 55-year drought was worth the wait.

Going into Sunday, Westbrook was averaging 31.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game. Westbrook also broke the National Basketball Association record for triple doubles with 42 for the season.

Danilo Gallinari had a season-high 34 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds and Nikola Jokic scored 23 points for Denver.

"I practice that shot everyday pregame", he said post-game. Denver's center hit a pair of free throws on Denver's next possession to push the lead to seven points. Westbrook is listed at 6'3, and every player that ranks ahead of him in rebounds stands no shorter than 6'10. Over the course of the season, Harden has averaged 20.5 points, 12.3 assists, and 7.3 rebounds per game against the Thunder. "That's the most important thing for me is if we get a win and he breaks the record, gets a triple-double, so be it", Malone said.

LeBron James has taken a backseat in the MVP talk

Westbrook completed a 50-point performance by nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer that handed the Nuggets a 106-105 loss that eliminated Denver from the postseason. To get another chance, however, the Thunder had to get the ball back, and Westbrook's defensive pressure on guard J.J. Barea forced a turnover that provided that second shot.

The six-time All-Star, who is averaging a triple-double for the season, also has 79 career triple-doubles as he continues to make waves, despite losing star team-mate Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors.

Asked about his view on the MVP debate between the former teammates who are setting and breaking records this season, Harden pointed out that only one stat comes to his mind when choosing who takes home the award.

Thunder: F Doug McDermott was a late scratch with a sore left knee.

Other News

Trending Now

Iraq officials: 26 hostages, including Qatari royals, freed
The publication said Qatari officials had flown into Baghdad with large bags that they refused to allow to be searched. An airport official said the group departed Friday afternoon on a private Qatari jet from Baghdad airport.

Reid back but Carroll out as West Ham prepare for Everton visit
Personally, I would have like to have seen him given the opportunity to establish himself in the Hammers first team this season. In his rehabilitation he did some individual stuff and it's a big boost for us.

Alaska Says BP Oil And Gas Leak Stopped
On Friday, an oil spill occurred at a well on the frozen tundra of Alaska's North Slope near Prudhoe Bay, The Wall Street Journal. DEC is coordinating with BPXA and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to investigate the cause.

North Korea displays apparently new missiles as United States carrier group approaches
The pace of North Korea's development of nuclear weapons is of chief concern - they have certainly been ramping up the testing. In his annual New Year's address, Kim said that the country's preparations for an ICBM launch have "reached the final stage".

Pound surge suggests UK election will yield smoother Brexit
If the election is approved Wednesday, Parliament will be dissolved on May 2, sparking nearly six weeks of campaigning. The Commission spokesman said "real political negotiations" on Brexit would not start until after the vote.

Masters green jacket found in store auctioned for $139K
Members first began wearing the jackets in 1937, and Sam Snead won the right to the first Masters jacket 12 years later. More recently, he has some ugly memories of the 1st hole as well. "I get goosebumps just talking about it", he said.

Aaron Hernandez's brain to be released to CTE researchers
Earlier in the week, cameras spied Hernandez blowing kisses to the young daughter he fathered with fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death.