Suns deny Russell Westbrook of triple-double mark: 'Not versus us'

Russell Westbrook is still in search of his NBA-record 42nd triple-double of the season.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will take a second crack at National Basketball Association history Friday night when he seeks a record-breaking 42nd triple-double against a team that has offered him little resistance this season, the Phoenix Suns.

Right now, Westbrook is tied with the previous record holder, Oscar Robinson.

The Grizzlies, who will play San Antonio in the first round, also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Marc Gasol.

But Russ would not make history on Friday night. "I just play, man, honestly. I'm happy it wasn't here but we locked in defensively".

The dime moved him next to Oscar Robertson as the only players in National Basketball Association history to average a triple double for a season.

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He had seven straight triple-doubles before failing to get there the last two times.

"Once the regular season ends and the playoffs start, it's not a topic of conversation anymore", Donovan said.

Not only was he just two assists shy of what would be an NBA-record 41 triple-doubles on the season, but the Suns intentionally fouled him late in the game despite being up by 20-plus points just so he couldn't break the record against them.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. He had 48 points and 17 rebounds in the game - a 118-111 loss at Phoenix. With the Suns using the length of Derrick Jones Jr.to defend Westbrook, the Thunder struggled to get much going at all on offense. He had five turnovers in the first quarter, including three in the first three minutes.

Westbrook stayed in the game long after the outcome seemed certain. But in the season of Russell Westbrook's standout play, Oladipo's first season with the Thunder probably hasn't received the recognition it's deserved.

Russell Westbrook didn't have his best game against the tanking Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

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These were the loudest cheers for another player I've ever heard in nearly 30 years of attending games over time, even in these last few years where Suns fans actively try to sell off their late-season tickets.

"Fourth quarter, we had such a big lead and the only thing he needed was assists, so the whole game plan changed", Suns forward Jared Dudley told ESPN. This is the same group that blatantly helped Devin Booker stat-pad his way to 70 points, and ironically enough Booker was the star of this game for Phoenix with 37 points and a little trash talk as he knocked down shot after shot to bury Oklahoma City.

Suns: Phoenix is home against Dallas on Sunday.

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

DeRozan broke Vince Carter's franchise record with his 31st 30-point game of the season, shooting 14 of 32 from the floor.

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