It has taken more than 50 years to match, with players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan having come close, but Russell Westbrook, last night, became the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson in 1962 to average a triple-double for the season.
Suns scorch Thunder
The Phoenix Suns defeated OKC 120-99 on the back of Devin Booker’s 37 points, five rebounds and four assists, TJ Warren had a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double, and Tyler Ulis 12 points and five assists.
The Thunder were led by Russell Westbrook with a 23-point, 12-rebound double-double, Enes Kanter had 17 points and four rebounds, and Steven Adams also finished with a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Lakers dethrone Kings
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 98-94. Julius Randle had 25 points and six rebounds, Brandon Ingram 14 points and D‘Angelo Russell 13 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Skal Labissiere had 19 points for the Kings, Buddy Hield 17 points, and Darren Collison finished with a 15-point, 10-assist double-double.
Hawks stun Cavaliers
The Atlanta Hawks beat the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers 114-100. Tim Hardaway Jr had 22 points and five assists, Mike Dunleavy had 20 points, and Mike Muscala ended the game with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Cavs were led by LeBron James with 27 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, Kyrie Irving had 18 points and seven assists, while Kevin Love finished with a 15-point, 15-rebound double-double.
The Utah Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-113 on the back of Gordon Hayward’s 39 points and five assists, Joe Johnson had 22 points, and Rudy Gobert 16 points and five rebounds.
Karl-Anthony Towns had a 32-point, 13-rebound double-double, Ricky Rubio also had a double-double with 26 points and 12 assists, Andrew Wiggins had 25 points and five rebounds, and Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng finished with six points and five rebounds.
Raptors cool Heat
The Toronto Raptors held home court and won their closely contested matchup with the Miami Heat 96-94. DeMar DeRozan had 38 points and six rebounds, Cory Joseph 14 points and four rebounds, and Kyle Lowry ended the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
James Johnson had a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, Hassan Whiteside also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Goran Dragic finished with 18 points.
A 31-point game by Mike Conley helped the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New York Knicks 101-88, Jamal Murray finished with 30 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 122-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-89, and the Detroit Pistons defeated the Houston Rockets 114-109.
By Kaunda Chama