Westbrook (45 points) leads Thunder over Grizzlies

Ross Houston
April 10, 2017

Russell Westbrook is poised to break an National Basketball Association record that has stood for more than a half-century. When Westbrook returned to the game at 7:43 in the second, the Thunder advantage had expanded to 13.

The buzzer sounded, and Russell Westbrook slowly walked out in front of the Thunder bench to a roar of "MVP, MVP, MVP" from the crowd at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Westbrook gave Zielinski a quick nod.

Fans in Phoenix should expect another show from the 6-foot-3 All-Star. All air. A little bit tough to keep concentration after all of that?

"He's doing it over the course of the season", Carter said of Westbrook.

"Right now I'm going to embrace this moment".

Memphis was without starting point guard and leading scorer Mike Conley, who suffered a gash over his eye Tuesday night in San Antonio. Naturally, the crowd serenaded him with some MVP chants. He came close, finishing just one rebound shy of the impressive stat line, but close doesn't cut it. And that was the really great part too.

CLEVELAND - LeBron James notched his second straight triple-double, Kevin Love scored 28 and Cleveland warmed up for a big game in Boston by dropping 18 3-pointers in a win over Orlando. They overwhelmed the Bucks, showcasing their speed, athleticism and size. Enes Kanter was a load on the interior. It's no secret that the Thunder need this other-worldly production from Westbrook to win games and they're fighting for the best seed possible heading into the postseason.

The Washington Wizards ended a three-game losing streak with a 118-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets, significantly denting Charlotte's faint play-off hopes as their three-game winning streak came to an end.

With one week and five games left until the playoffs, the Thunder got back on track with another benchmark Westbrook performance and a much-needed lift from the supporting cast - players who have sold out, who have joined in the pursuit of the triple-double with him. "And I think for Russell, he's a unique talent that he gets an opportunity every night because of his ability to impact the game in a lot of different ways". Westbrook was on his way to a triple-double with 15 points, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds, but he still had a ways to go. The associated moneylines for this game are Memphis -118 and Oklahoma City +108. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were pulled halfway through the third as the game grew increasingly out of hand. By the end, it was their largest margin of victory of the season. "We knew we were coming to a hostile building tonight and just wanted to try and play our game. and we did that".

Westbrook has five games left to pass Oscar Robertson's single-season mark and needs just 16 assists to clinch averaging a triple-double for the season.

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