Westbrook hits 60th career triple-double as Thunder past Pelicans


Once again Russell Westbrook played the right game at the right time, but this time the hit was noted down in the history as Westbrook smashed the 60th triple-double of his career in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night in the NBA Season 2016-17

The 28-year-old, Westbrook dropped 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Pelicans that passed Hall-Of-Fame player Larry Bird (59 during 1979-92) for the fifth spot on NBA’s all-time triple-double list. The current tally of 23 triple-doubles adds Westbrook to the elite company at fifth place for most triple-doubles in the single season.

Westbrook for Bird said –

“I didn’t watch much, but I know he was a good player,”

“Obviously, he’s a legend for a reason, and he’s done a lot of different things for Indiana and the game.

“It’s an honor, man, I never take this game for granted to play the game I love every night and to be able to do that is a great accomplishment. The path just to get to where I’m at is an honor that I don’t take for granted.” He added

New Orleans posed a great challenged until end, in spite of star forward Anthony Davis existing due to injury. OKC led by 22 points in the 2nd half but had to endure a 9-0 Pelicans run in the 4th quarter that cut the lead to 105-100 with 5:33 left.

The Pelicans (18-28) bridge the gap without game play from the All-Star Forward Anthony Davis, who reinjured his right thigh late in the 2nd half, however added 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Guard E’Twaun Moore led the Pelicans with 18 points.

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