WEST­BROOK ECLIPSES CHAM­BER­LAIN

Ok­la­homa star moves into sec­ond for most triple dou­bles

New Straits Times - - Sport - Agen­cies

WASH­ING­TON

OK­LA­HOMA City’s Rus­sell West­brook moved past Wilt Cham­ber­lain for the sec­ond-most triple dou­bles in an NBA sea­son on Satur­day in the Thun­der’s 112104 win over vis­it­ing Utah.

West­brook col­lected his 32nd triple dou­ble of the 2016-17 cam­paign with 33 points, 11 re­bounds and 14 as­sists — his third triple dou­ble against the Jazz this sea­son.

That’s the most NBA games with dou­ble-digit to­tals in three or more sta­tis­ti­cal cat­e­gories in more than half a cen­tury.

To match the NBA record, West­brook has 16 games re­main­ing this sea­son to man­age nine more triple-dou­bles and equal the all-time mark of 41 set by Os­car Robert­son in the 1961-62 cam­paign.

That sea­son by Robert­son, known as “The Big O” in his hey­day, was also the only cam­paign when an NBA player av­er­aged a triple dou­ble over an en­tire sea­son.

Robert­son av­er­aged 30.8 points, 12.5 re­bounds and 11.4 as­sists a game over 79 con­tests in the 1961-62 sea­son.

West­brook leads the NBA with 31.9 points a game this sea­son, ranks 12th with an av­er­age of 10.5 re­bounds and ranks third in as­sists with 10.1 a game over 66 ap­pear­ances for the Thun­der (37-29).

Mean­while, Patty Mills had 21 points as the San An­to­nio Spurs rolled to a 107-85 vic­tory over the Golden State Warriors on Satur­day night in a game short on star power to pull within a half-game of the NBA’s top record.

The big show­down be­tween the league's top two teams turned into a huge let­down with both teams miss­ing their star play­ers.

Al­ready with­out Kevin Du­rant due to a knee in­jury, Golden State opted to rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thomp­son, Dray­mond Green and An­dre Iguo­dala.

Key for­ward LaMar­cus Aldridge of the San An­to­nio Spurs is out in­def­i­nitely be­cause of a mi­nor heart ar­rhyth­mia, the team an­nounced on Satur­day.

In Mi­ami, Dion Waiters scored 20 points, Tyler John­son added 16 and the Mi­ami Heat beat the Toronto Raptors 104-89 on Satur­day, im­prov­ing to 21-4 over their last 25 games.

Go­ran Dragic scored 15 and Has­san White­side added 12 points and 14 re­bounds for Mi­ami.

Dragic played only 41 sec­onds in the sec­ond half, leav­ing after tak­ing an el­bow from Toronto’s Cory Joseph. Dragic even­tu­ally re­turned to the bench with an icepack over his right eye, which ap­peared to be swollen nearly shut.

Mi­ami made 11 3-point­ers. It has won 17 con­sec­u­tive games when mak­ing at least 10 from be­yond the arc.

“You bet­ter re­spect them be­cause they’re here to stay,” Raptors coach

Dwane Casey said.

RE­SULTS — San An­to­nio 107 Golden State 85, Mil­wau­kee 102 Min­nesota 95, Mi­ami 104 Toronto 89, Char­lotte 122 New Or­leans 125 (OT), Or­lando 104 Cleve­land 116, Detroit 112 NY Knicks 92, LA Clippers 112 Philadel­phia 100, Ok­la­homa 112 Utah 104.

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Thun­der’s Rus­sell West­brook dunks against Jazz in their NBA game on Satur­day. Thun­der won 112-104.

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