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Westbrook’s 32nd Triple-Double Moves Him Closer to Big O as Thunder Defeat Jazz

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Westbrook’s 32nd Triple-Double Moves Him Closer to Big O as Thunder Defeat Jazz

Russell Westbrook had 33 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds in the Thunder’s victory over the Jazz, who were short-handed without Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. Gordon Hayward played just 19 minutes in the the 112-104 victory for OKC.

Westbrook’s 32nd triple-double (the 69th of his career) now moves him past Wilt Chamberlain in sole possession of attaining the second-most triple-doubles in a season. Oscar Robertson had 41, meaning that Russ will need to trip-dub nine times in his final 13 games to grab the record.

At this point, anything seems possible.

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Victor Oladipo was a huge a factor in OKC’s victory, scoring 22 points, hitting three of his six three-pointers. It’s completely evident that this Thunder team needs Oladipo’s steady hand to put forth a solid wire-to-wire performance. Taj Gibson, a game-high +22, scored 15 and pulled down six rebounds in his second straight game in the starting lineup. Enes Kanter scored 16 on 8-12 shooting, pulling down six rebounds, and swatting two shots.

The Thunder had the game well in hand at the half, but the Jazz’s precocious second unit kept them in the game. Solid contributions from Dante Exum (22 points), Alec Burks (21 points, 7 rebounds), and Trey Lyles (15 points, 10 rebounds) kept Utah in the game late into the fourth quarter.

The Thunder improve to 37-29, while the Jazz fall to 41-25. The Thunder travel to Brooklyn to take on the Nets tomorrow night at 6:30 CST.

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