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Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson’s triple-double mark as Oklahoma City Thunder beat Milwaukee Bucks

Point guard finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his 41st triple-double to help his side post a 110-79 win

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2017, 12:36pm
UPDATED : Monday, 10 April, 2017, 10:39am

For just a few moments, Russell Westbrook slowed down. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s mile-a-minute point guard took the time to soak in the atmosphere after he matched Oscar Robertson’s single-season record with his 41st triple-double.

The home crowd stood and chanted “MVP! MVP!” long after the assist, and he later waved to the crowd after play stopped .

“It’s one of those nights, a special night, and something I definitely will never forget,” he said. “I’m just truly honoured to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City.”

Westbrook finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Thunder beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-79.

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He clinched his seventh straight triple-double on an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter.

“An honour to just be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson, the different things he did for the game of basketball to allow me to play the game today,” he said.

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Robertson set the record during the 1961-62 season, and Westbrook can break it in Memphis. Westbrook said he just wanted to focus on the moment, yet his mind raced ahead to someday telling his unborn son about the experience.

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“It’s something that I could never dream about growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles,” he said. “I never dreamed about a moment like this, to be able to be on this stage.”

Westbrook also moved into a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for fourth on the career list with his 78th triple-double.

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Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who is third with 107 triple-doubles, was impressed with Westbrook’s ability to dominate without scoring as much as usual. Westbrook, the NBA’s scoring leader, made just four field goals.

“He didn’t have to score 40 tonight to help them win,” he said. “It showed that he was sharing the ball, and everybody was benefiting from that.”

Enes Kanter scored 17 points for the Thunder, who posted their largest victory margin of the season.

Michael Beasley scored 14 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks.

Milwaukee had been one of the league’s hottest teams, with Kidd voted eastern conference coach of the month after leading the Bucks to a 14-4 record in March, and though they lost to Dallas at the weekend, their recent success gained the Thunder’s full attention.

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Westbrook had 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists at half-time to help Oklahoma City take a 63-39 lead.

He hit a three-pointer with 8.6 seconds left in the first half to reach double figures in points.

Westbrook got his 10th rebound and 10th assist six seconds apart before he left the game for good with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

“You could feel in the building, and you could see that his teammates were not going to let him down tonight,” Kidd said.