Russell Westbrook let down by teammates, despite making history

Sporting News
1 / 1

Russell Westbrook let down by teammates, despite making history

Russell Westbrook let down by teammates, despite making history

Russell Westbrook's teammates really let him down Friday night.

Westbrook missed out would have beena record-breaking triple-double this season because of a woeful shooting night by the Thunder in a 120-99 loss to the Suns.

The Thunder guard finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but eight assists as his teammates missed several shots after getting a dish from their MVP candidate. The biggest culprit was center Steven Adams, who either missed shots or made an additional pass. Adams, along with Doug McDermott,went just 4 of 10 from the floor.

It was just that kind of night for the Thunder, who shot 36.6 percent. Westbrook was not immune to the poor shooting night. He missed his first 11 shots and finished 6 of 25, including just 2 of 12 from behind the 3-point line.

While Westbrook failed to break a tie with Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson for most triple-doubles in a season, he did join Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season. Westbrook entered Friday's game needing six assists to ensure he'd have at least a 10-assist average.

Westbrook left the game with 2:33 remaining after he was intentionally fouled by the Suns, who were intent on not allowing him to set the record.

Westbrook will have three more opportunities to get that elusive triple-double with a game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday sandwiched between a pair of games versus the Nuggets on Saturday and then the regular-season finale next Wednesday.

What to watch

Clippers (48-31) atSpurs (61-18), 8:30p.m. ET —The Clippers are fifth in the Western Conference, just behind the the Jazz (49-30) for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. It's an important game for Doc Rivers' team, but L.A. is going to need big nights from its big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan to steal a victory at AT&T Center, where the Spurs are nearly unbeatable.