Russell Westbrook has spent the 2016/2017 season chasing Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a single season and in last night’s OKC-Denver Nuggets matchup he not only hit the buzzer beater to win the game but also got his 42nd triple of the season and scooped that illusive top spot.
Thunder strikes Nuggets
Russell Westbrook’s third 50-point triple-double of the season, the most for any NBA player in their career saw OKC defeat the Denver Nuggets 106-105. Enes Kanter had 15 points and eight rebounds, Steven Adams had a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double and Nigerian-American guard Victor Oladipo finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with a massive 34-point, 10-rebound double-double, Nikola Jokic had 23 points and six rebounds, and Wilson Chandler had a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Hawks down Cavaliers
The Atlanta Hawks won their third game in a row after beating the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 126-125. Paul Millsap had 22 points and nine rebounds, Tim Hardaway Jr had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Dwight Howard had 19 points and five rebounds, while Gambian-German guard Dennis Schroder ended the game with 13 points and five assists.
The Cavs were led by Kyrie Irving with 45 points and nine assists, LeBron James had a 32-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist triple-double, and Kevin Love had an 11-point, 15-rebound double-double
Rockets hit Kings
James Harden had a great triple-double (35 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists) in the Houston Rockets 135-128 victory over the Sacramento Kings, Ryan Anderson had 21 points, and Clint Capela had 18 points and six rebounds.
Skal Labissiere led the Kings with 25 points and six rebounds, Ty Lawson had a 20-point, 11-assist double-double, and Willie Couley-Stein finished with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Raptors trample Knicks
The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 110-97 on the back of DeMar DeRozan’s 35 points, Kyle Lowry had a 17-point, 11-assist double-double, and Patrick Patterson finished with 15 points.
The Knicks were led by Willy Hernangomez with a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double, Courtney Lee had 14 points and Mindaugas Kuzminskas finished with 12 points.
Suns burn Mavericks
The Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 124-111. Devin Booker had 21 points, Tyler Ulis had a 20-point, 10-assist double-double, and Alex Len had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Yogi Ferrell led the Mavs with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists, Dwight Powell had 21 points and five rebounds, while Jarrod Uthoff had 12 points and nine rebounds.
Pistons tame Grizzlies
The Detroit Pistons defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-90. Boban Marjanovic had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double, Reggie Bullock had 14 points and four rebounds, and Darrun Hilliard had 13 points.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 15 points, Marc Gasol had 13 points and five assists, while JaMychal Green finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
A three at the buzzer from D ‘Angelo Russell helped the Los Angeles Lakers come from being two points down to beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 110-109. He ended the game with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists, Tyler Ennis had 20 points and five assists, while Jordan Clarkson had 17 points and four rebounds.
The Timberwolves were led by Andrew Wiggins with 41 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had a 40-point, 20-rebound double-double, and Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
By Kaunda Chama