Westbrook plays it safe in perfect triple-double

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook

OKLAHOMA CITY • Russell Westbrook is fifth on the National Basketball Association's (NBA) all-time list for the most triple-doubles. But the one he recorded in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 122-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday was like no other in NBA history: He did not miss a shot.

The Thunder guard went a perfect six-for-six from the floor and the free throw line to score 18 points at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. He also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and passed off a game-high 14 assists.

It was the first time that an NBA player achieved a triple-double with perfect shooting from the court and free-throw line, and the first game in his career in which he was perfect on every shot.

"I was just playing, trying to take my time," Westbrook said after unleashing his 35th triple-double of the season. "I wanted to continue to get my team-mates involved throughout the game."

His perfect performance was arguably the result of not attempting a three-pointer for the first time since March 14 of last year - a span of 83 games. The six shot attempts also tied a career low in games in which he played more than 20 minutes, reported ESPN.

Not that anyone was about to take any gloss away from his feat.

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    Russell Westbrook is the first NBA player to record a triple-double while perfect from the floor and free-throw line. He was six out of six in both departments against the 76ers.

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    Westbrook has five career triple-doubles against Philadelphia - the most he has against any NBA team.

"Westbrook really did a good job," 76ers coach Brett Brown said. "Look at the stat line. It's an interesting stat line, isn't it? It was eye-popping and he just doesn't go away."

It was Westbrook's 72nd career triple-double of his career. Only Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) , Jason Kidd (107) and Wilt Chamberlain (78) have more.

Oklahoma City's Enes Kanter was not perfect from the field, but he was close. He scored a game- high 24 points on eight-of-nine shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench for the Thunder (41-30).

The 76ers (26-45) were paced by Nik Stauskas, who came off the bench to score 20 points.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Westbrook plays it safe in perfect triple-double'. Print Edition | Subscribe