Russell Westbrook sparks OKC win over Spurs with historic triple-double
- Author: Patricia Jimenez Mar 11, 2017,
Mar 11, 2017, 0:27
The Oklahoma City Thunder was able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 102-92 win over the Spurs.
The Thunder's vastly improved effort came on the back of star point guard Russell Westbrook's 31st triple-double of the season as he equalled the achievement of Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68.
Entering Thursday, San Antonio was one of three teams Westbrook had never recorded a triple-double against. Only Oscar Robertson, with 41 in the 1961-62 season, has more in a single campaign. With a matchup looming against the #1 seed Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Leonard's health is a major factor.
Danny Green added 14 points and made four 3-pointers, as did Mills. The advantage in the third would increase to 13 points, 71-82. Five different players finished in double figures as the Spurs knocked down 14 3s on the night. There was an overall lack of cohesion, though, and while Westbrook's individual play was remarkable, the team as a whole wasn't functioning well. It was also his first triple-double against the Spurs.
The Thunder were above the scoreline throughout the game except the first quarter, where there were a few minutes that San Antonio led the score, but it was a mirage. It's not really much I can do to make an excuse about it. It was a 29-point win for the Spurs with Kawhi Leonard exploding for 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals. Russell Westbrook had the steal and the head of steam. The Spurs were coming off the second night of a back-to-back.
Two others worthy of recognition who are long shots right now are Kawhi Leonard (+1600) of the San Antonio Spurs and Isaiah Thomas (+2000) of the Boston Celtics. Blame the Oklahoma City Thunder's lower-half playoff position or just plain boredom - either way, the excitement over his candidacy seems to have waned. Skal Labissiere lived up to his nickname "The Haitian Sensation" and added 15 points to the board.
Oladipo hit two 3-pointers and converted a 3-point play during a run that helped the Thunder take a 73-63 lead.
The San Antonio Spurs, riding a nine-game winning streak, came into Thursday as one of the hottest teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
As with most of their, ugh, memorable games with the Thunder over the years, OKC's offense got the hype, even though they didn't do anything at all extraordinary.