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Thunder Wallop Raptors in Toronto as Westbrook Notches Fourth Straight Triple-Double

Thunder Wallop Raptors in Toronto as Westbrook Notches Fourth Straight Triple-Double

A game that had potential playoffs seeding implications for both teams had a minuscule amount of buzz surrounding it thanks to the start of the NCAA Tournament. Regardless, Russell Westbrook and company took care of business en route to a 123-102 victory in Toronto.

Westbrook finished the game’s leading scorer, rebounder, and assister with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 16 assists. His fourth straight triple-double was also his 34th of the season, edging him closer to Oscar Robertson’s record of 41.

Despite not playing the fourth quarter, Westbrook tallied more assists than the entire Raptors team.

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Credit: Ximo Pierto Final

Seven Thunder players were able to score in double digits, including all five starters.  Victor Oladipo was the game’s second-highest scorer with 23 points, adding five rebounds and two assists. Andre Roberson scored 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, adding four boards, three assists, and two steals.

The play of the game — and perhaps the entire season — was Westbrook’s incredible pass late in the first half. Russ steals the ball, immediately pushes it in transition, then performs a cross-court pass to a sprinting Victor Oladipo through Corey Joseph’s legs. Simply masterful:

“Honesty, I didn’t even know if he was passing it to me or Taj (Gibson),” Oladipo said after the game. “I was running faster than Taj, so I assumed it was for me. I honestly just looked down — I saw him throw it; I didn’t see how he threw it. I looked down and the ball was just in my hands.”

The Raptors, by contrast, played very poorly, losing by 32 at one point. DeMar DeRozan scored 22, but nothing came easy against Andre Roberson’s stiff defense. Norman Powell was the Raps’ second-leading scorer with 13 points.

The Thunder improve to to 39-29, while the Raptors fall to 39-29. The Thunder play the Kings tomorrow at 2 P.M. in Oklahoma City.

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