Russell Westbrook pulls to within one triple-double of Oscar Robertson's record

By Alec Brzezinski 3 April 2017
Russell Westbrook pulls to within one triple-double of Oscar Robertson's record

Chalk it up: Russell Westbrook is poised to break one of the most hallowed records in the NBA.

The Thunder star point guard recorded his 40th triple-double of the season Sunday in dramatic fashion, but Oklahoma City still fell to the Hornets 113-101 at home.

Westbrook scored 40 points with 13 rebounds and 10 assists to go with eight turnovers to move to within one of Oscar Robertson's record of 41 triple-doubles in one NBA regular season.

It was Westbrook's fifth straight 30-point triple-double, which is the longest such streak in NBA history.

Westbrook also became the first player in NBA history to record multiple six-game triple-double streaks in a season.

The Thunder still have six games remaining before the postseason. Barring injury, Westbrook will almost certainly break the record.

Studs of the night

LeBron James and Paul George turned in a duel for the ages in a 135-130 double-overtime Cavaliers win. James finished with 41 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists in 52 minutes of action. George, meanwhile, poured in 43 points with nine rebounds and nine assists.

It's the first time in James' career that he's had at least 40 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in a game. It was his fourth career 40-point triple-double.

The Bucks may have lost 109-105 to the Mavericks, but Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to give Milwaukee fans something to cheer about.

Jimmy Butler continued his fine form by scoring 39 points with six rebounds and five assists in a 117-110 win over the Pelicans. The Bulls (38-39) are seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.

Dud of the night

Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who was stifled by the Spurs' vaunted defense, was able to score just five points on 2 of 9 shooting with two assists and one rebound in 27 minutes of action in a 109-103 loss.

Highlight

Stephen Curry goes behind the back to hit Draymond Green:

Curry, who finished the 139-115 win over the Wizards with 42 points, made nine shots from behind the arc to eclipse 300 3-pointers in a single season for the second time in his career. No other player in NBA history has accomplished that feat once.

Green recorded a triple-double with 11 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. It was his 19th career triple-double.

What's next

Trail Blazers (38-38) at Timberwolves (30-45), 7 p.m. ET — This is the only NBA game on the docket Monday with MLB opening day and the NCAA championship game dominating the sports world. Portland is still in a fight for a playoff spot. Minnesota is a dangerous team even though its record isn't fully indicative of its talent.

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