West­brook posts sec­ond straight triple-dou­ble

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RUS­SELL West­brook pushed the pace all night on Oc­to­ber 30 on his way to record­ing a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive triple­dou­ble in Ok­la­homa City Thun­der’s re­sound­ing 113-96 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Lakers.

West­brook posted 33 points, 16 as­sists and 12 re­bounds en route to his 39th ca­reer triple-dou­ble. Through three games, he is av­er­ag­ing 38.6 points, 12.3 re­bounds and 11.6 as­sists.

“That’s what we do,” West­brook said.

“We have to go. That’s our ad­van­tage – we’re ath­letic. We’re young and we want to run up and down the floor. That’s what we should do.”

Vic­tor Oladipo added 20 points, while Steven Adams scored 14 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds for the Thun­der (3-0) at the Ch­e­sa­peake Arena in Ok­la­homa City.

West­brook was com­ing off a sparkling 51-point, 13-re­bound, 10-as­sist per­for­mance against the Phoenix Suns on Oc­to­ber 29. He also nar­rowly missed a triple-dou­ble in the sea­son opener against Philadel­phia when he col­lected nine as­sists.

He is the first player with 100 points, 30 re­bounds and 30 as­sists in the first three games of the sea­son.

West­brook has car­ried the Thun­der in this early sea­son by jack­ham­mer­ing op­po­nent de­fences pieces.

The hap­less Lakers, who fin­ished with the worst record (17-65) in the West­ern Con­fer­ence last sea­son, are now 1-2 on the sea­son.

“He had a mas­ter­ful game tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Wal­ton said of West­brook.

“He was get­ting ev­ery­one in­volved, shoot­ing when the shots were there and play­mak­ing for team­mates.

“He showed to­day why he is one of the top point guards in the world.”

D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Julius Ran­dle paced the Lakers with 20 points apiece. Ran­dle also grabbed nine re­bounds. Nick Young scored 16 for Los An­ge­les.

In Phoenix, Kevin Du­rant scored 37 points and Stephen Curry added 28 as the Golden State War­riors held off the Suns 106-100.

Klay Thomp­son had 14 points and Dray­mond Green had 13 re­bounds for the War­riors, who trailed by as many as 13 in the first half be­fore lim­it­ing the Suns to 43 sec­ond-half points.

Golden State stretched their lead to seven points at 101-94 af­ter a Du­rant al­ley-oop lay-up from An­dre Iguo­dala with 1:19 re­main­ing in the fourth quar­ter.

The Suns charged back to within two points on a Jared Dud­ley lay-up with 14.8 sec­onds to play.

Curry hit two free throws with 13 sec­onds left, and the War­riors de­nied the Suns any more bas­kets be­fore the fi­nal buzzer. Du­rant sealed the win on two free throws with seven sec­onds to go.

TJ War­ren had 26 points and Eric Bled­soe added 21 for the Suns, who have opened the sea­son with three straight losses.

In Los An­ge­les, Austin Rivers came off the bench to score 19 points, and Blake Grif­fin tal­lied 18 points and 10 re­bounds as the Los An­ge­les Clippers won a low-scor­ing con­test over the Utah Jazz 88-75.

Ja­mal Craw­ford chipped in 12 points, while DeAn­dre Jor­dan con­trib­uted 10 points and 16 re­bounds for the Clippers in their home opener.

Ge­orge Hill paced the Jazz with 18 points and was the only Utah player to reach dou­ble fig­ures. Joe John­son scored seven points in the open­ing quar­ter, but failed to find the tar­get again. –

Photo: AFP

Rus­sell West­brook of the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der goes up for a dunk against the Los An­ge­les Lakers on Oc­to­ber 30. The Thun­der won 113-96.

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