Tuesday night against the Bucks, Russell Westbrook didn’t finish the game; he went to the bench for good with just over two minutes left in the third quarter. The Thunder didn’t need to risk anything with their star player and their star player had just made history.
Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season with 41. The play happened, not on points, but when the Thunder point guard made a pass to PF Taj Gibson who easily made the layup to extend OKC’s lead over Milwaukee by 17.
The Moment No. 41 Happened:
The moment. pic.twitter.com/7Y8FEU8VKw
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 5, 2017
The long-time Thunder guard, who was drafted fourth overall by the club back in 2008 when they were still the Seattle Supersonics, finished his 27-minute night with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists. Westbrook’s 13 boards were enough to clinch at least ending the season with a double-double. He needed 16 assists in just five games to end the regular season averaging a triple-double – something else that hadn’t been done since Robertson’s history-making 1961-62 campaign.
Entering Wednesday’s contest against the Grizzlies, all collective basketball eyes were on No. 0. He left the court at halftime leaving many of those onlookers wondering if he could get it done.
Russ’ Stats At Halftime:
Russ’ 1st half.
⚡️4 steals pic.twitter.com/LrksdC2Pdu
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) April 6, 2017
In true Westbrook fashion, he brushed everybody off and did what he does best: he got to work and the Thunder won. However, the world would have to wait at least days for another shot at witnessing #Hist0ry, as Oklahoma City would call it.
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) April 6, 2017