Westbrook secures triple-double average, falls short of 42nd

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Westbrook missed his first 12 shots and finished with eight assists to go with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a lopsided 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns. He also clinched the assurance of averaging at least 10 points per game for the season against the Suns after scoring 26 against them back on December 17, which got him to exactly 820 points for the year.

Westbrook accomplished his triple-double average while playing almost 10 fewer minutes and around 25 fewer possessions per game than Robertson. Only Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson had averaged a triple-double before.

His triple-double quest began on opening week, when he posted 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Suns on October 28. Westbrook heard them again Friday night, the loudest ones coming when he headed to the scorer's table to re-enter the game with 10:42 remaining in the fourth quarter, a minute or two earlier than coach Billy Donovan usually subs him back in.

The Kings had a two-game winning streak snapped, shooting from the field 50.7 percent from the field (38-for-75). Without him, Golden State struggled before compiling its current 13-game winning streak that allowed them to clinch the top seed in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Ulis went on to record a season-best 34 points Sunday against Houston as part of a six-game run of double-figure scoring during which he has averaged 18.7 points.

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"It was insane", said Tyler Ulis. The Thunder wrap up their regular season at home against the Nuggets next Wednesday. Westbrook already has his 10-10 clinched for APG and RPG before he even steps on to the court. Alex Abrines is out tomorrow while Andre Roberson is questionable with a sore knee but I'm sticking with the Thunder to get the win and cover in this one. "He was still in the game down 20, 25, and you could see he was being real passive, so we just stayed home; and if he was going to do a drop-off, we were going to foul and make them earn it".

Phoenix put up 39 points in the second quarter and pushed their lead to 71-43 Phoenix on a Warren jumper with 1:03 left to set a season high for points in the first half.

Westbrook has three more chances for that 42nd triple-double, two of them against Denver.

Westbrook acknowledged, all things considered, the Memphis game was a complete success.

After almost every game, triple-double or not, Westbrook deals with reporters asking him whether he's chasing stats or not. However, sitting at sixth in the Western Conference, the Thunder as a team have not achieved enough for their star player to win the MVP award.

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