Chalk it up: Russell Westbrook is poised to break one of the most hallowed records in the NBA.
The Thunder star point guard recorded his 40th triple-double of the season Sunday in dramatic fashion, but Oklahoma City still fell to the Hornets 113-101 at home.
Westbrook scored 40 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists to go with eight turnovers to move to within one of Oscar Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles in one NBA regular season.
It was Westbrook’s fifth straight 30-point triple-double, which is the longest such streak in NBA history.
The Rockets are basically locked into the No. 3 playoff spot in the West as they are 7 1/2 games behind San Antonio and four games in front of Utah, so there is very little to be decided in these final six games.
But with Patrick Beverley’s comments March 26 after Houston’s win over Oklahoma City, the situation becomes less cut and dry.
When asked about resting players, Harden’s teammate said after the game to reporters, “I think that’s bulls—, I think that’s a disgrace to this league. I think that fans deserve better.”
But would it be better for Harden to sit? In the 70 games to start the season, prior to Harden’s injury, he was averaging 29.2 points per game with a 44.6 shooting percentage, 35.2 percent from 3-point range, and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line, with 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds.
In the six games since he’s averaging 28.3 points, but shooting Cheap Goalie Jerseys just 39 Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys percent from the floor and 25.8 percent from behind the arc, with 10.8 assists, 7.6 rebounds per game.