Russell Westbrook inches ever closer to Oscar Robertson with 37th triple-double

By Alec Brzezinski 28 March 2017
Russell Westbrook inches ever closer to Oscar Robertson with 37th triple-double

Russell Westbrook was the hero in every sense Monday during the Thunder's 92-91 win over the Mavericks.

Having already secured his 37 triple-double of the season, four shy of Oscar Robertson's single-season record, Westbrook helped Oklahoma City win by scoring 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, including a dramatic game-winner.

Westbrook also added 13 rebounds and 10 assists. Victor Oladipo scored 15 points with nine rebounds in support.

Despite putting up MVP-like numbers, many have still criticized Westbrook for poor shooting performances and high turnover numbers. He has been more efficient lately, though.

With nine games left in the regular season, Westbrook has a great chance at breaking Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles.

Stud of the night

DeMar DeRozan helped the Raptors beat the Magic 131-112 by scoring 36 points with three assists. DeRozan has been a bit rocky this month, but he has scored at least 35 points in three of his last four games.

Dud of the night

The Cavaliers: Months of injuries and "resting" starters has really come back to bite Cleveland. The Cavs were dismantled 103-74 at San Antonio on Monday. LeBron James was the team's leading scorer with just 17 points, while Kevin Love (nine) and Kyrie Irving (eight) combined to score 17 points.

Boston also passed Cleveland for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Highlight

Terrence Ross reacquainted himself with Toronto's rims:

Ross, who was traded to the Magic by the Raptors earlier this year, finished the loss with 17 points and four steals.

What's next

Warriors (59-14) at Rockets (51-22), 8 p.m. ET — The Eastern Conference is up for grabs, and Kevin Durant's injury has clouded the West a bit, too. Houston may not have the depth to make a championship run, but it can win this game led by James Harden and Lou Williams.

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