Oklahoma City Thunder Tops Memphis Grizzlies; Russell Westbrook Scores 18th Triple-Double of the Season
The roaring Oklahoma City Thunder got the better of the visiting Memphis Grizzlies with a 103-95 victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday evening.
According to Yahoo Sports, Russell Westbrook, who is the current NBA scoring leader, earned his 18th triple-double of the season, which is the most by any player since Magic Johnson achieved it during the 35th season of the league, to usher the Billy Donovan-headed team to another victorious battle.
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Westbrook, who shot just six of 19 and missed all seven of his attempts from beyond the arc region, tallied with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, matching his triple-double production total from last year with 42 scheduled matches to go in this season.
"I just read the game," Westbrook said after the match. "You have to read it. Makes plays and take what the defense gives you."
According to ESPN, Turkish big man Enes Kanter contributed with 19 points, and starting shooting guard Victor Oladipo chipped in with 16 markers for the Thunder, which won their third consecutive game assignment and avenged their worst loss of the season. Oklahoma City lost 114-80 in Memphis on Dec. 29, a game Westbrook was ejected from.
With victory, the Thunder improved to 24-16 and currently tied with the Utah jazz for the fifth and sixth spot of the Western Conference team standings. It also marked the team's 15th win in 21 games played at the Chesapeake Energy Arena this season and their sixth in the 10 matches.
The five-time NBA All-Star clinched his triple-double when he snagged his 10th rebound on a missed free throw in the fourth quarter. Westbrook's teammates shot just under 50 percent from the field to make up for his rough shooting.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will the Thunder's next game assignment on Friday at the Target Center. The Wolves are on a two-game winning streak.