Suns take pride in stopping Russell Westbrook from getting triple-double

Also, the Phoenix Suns win 22 matches in this season.

A triple double is one thing, a season average of 31 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds per game is utterly ridiculous.

Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook became the first player since Oscar Robertson and just the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double for an entire season in the team's 120-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Kyle Cox, 24, of Memphis has been a Thunder fan since the franchise relocated from Seattle and could hardly sleep Tuesday night after Westbrook tied Robertson's single-season mark of 41 triple-doubles, set in 1961-62.

With three contests remaining, Oklahoma City (45-34) sits three games behind #5-seed LAC.

The NBA superstar is the first player in 55 years to average a triple-double in a season. Robertson had just 2.2 win shares, and the National Basketball Association didn't calculate DPBM back then.

December 23: Westbrook leads the Thunder to a win at Boston with 45 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

The Phoenix Suns have shut done most of their veterans since the All-Star break because their front office wants to see their young players get more playing time during the second half of the season. We feel we can win a championship. "He's at his best on the road when people are booing and going for the other team, so to be at home-one day that will change for us but it gave us motivation going down the stretch".

Russell Westbrook's season-long one-man show of frenzied triple-double glory will finish with a stat line it deserves.

Not that Westbrook didn't try to pick up those two elusive assists.

Russell Westbrook started the game 0-for-11 from the field while totaling a whopping six turnovers in the first half.

I hope he gets it, just not here, not versus us. "I think it will be better for him to get it at home anyway".

Enes Kanter added 17 points for the Thunder, who shot just 37 percent. "He was phenomenal down the stretch". That's when the Suns intentionally fouled the Thunder guard to send him to the free throw line.

The Pistons used a 12-1 spurt, capped by four points from Marjanovic, to cut the lead to 94-93 midway through the fourth quarter. Booker had a game-high 36 points, including scoring the Suns' final eight points.

Phoenix led by as many as 28 points in the first half, and by 23 at halftime.

Westbrook finally exited the game with 2:33 left in the fourth quarter, leaving the record for one of the Thunder's final three games. Phoenix quickly responded with a 14-4 run and built its lead to 23 points after the third and never looked back. It was that assist Westbrook needed to clinch a triple-double average.

"I'm honored just to be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson", Westbrook said. Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists for the Cincinnati Royals in the 1961-1962 season.