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I think what makes that more mind-boggling is that Oklahoma City needs him to create all of their offense and Billy Donovan manages to squeeze every ounce of energy out of Westbrook even while going deep into his bench. When the Thunder got within 12, the Suns closed the period with a 13-2 blitz to extend the gap to 22 into the fourth.

December 23: Westbrook leads the Thunder to a win at Boston with 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. The Hawks recorded 39 assists. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

A 3-pointer by Johnson tied it with about three minutes left before Harden made a pair of 3-pointers sandwiched around a layup by rookie Henry Ellenson to give Houston a 105-101 lead.

Westbrook finished two assists shy of claiming a record 42nd triple-double of the season as he finished with 21-points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. However, he guaranteed himself a triple-double average in points, rebounds and assists for the season, a feat previously accomplished only by Robertson. The Beard has had himself nearly as good of a season as Westbrook has. I thought it would be a shame to have either one of these players not get the MVP award and sharing the award made sense.

But Westbrook struggled to get his next two assists in the fourth quarter and was hellbent to record assists nine and 10 in the game's final two minutes.

He had seven straight triple-doubles before failing to get there the last two times. However, he had some luck because this game went into overtime.

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Westbrook came into Friday's game with 814 assists in 78 games.

Westbrook's five first-quarter mishandles placed OKC in a hole from which they never recovered. He had 53 points, 17 assists and 16 rebounds.

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says Charlotte will be eligible to host the 2019 All-Star Game after a recent change to a North Carolina law that limited anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. Everyone wants to see the record broke but it's bigger than that for our team and for me. Second-year shooting guard Devin Booker scored 70 points against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on March 24. And I just said, you know what? With just four games remaining, he is virtually assured of becoming the first player since Robertson, also in 1961-62, to average a triple-double. Phoenix will not be able to stop him unless something fluky happens.

Instead, they let him run up his stat sheet to become just the sixth player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 70 points.

This is the fourth and final meeting this season with the Suns having won twice in Dallas and the Mavericks victorious in Mexico City on January 12. "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".

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