At the end of the third, Memphis still trailed the Thunder, 79-74. At the first stoppage of play, the referee held the ball to allow for the team's public address announcer to make an announcement about the historical moment, as Westbrook acknowledged the crowd with a wave.
Let's get this going again.
Kawhi Leonard made three free throws in the final minute to seal it, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds. All air. A little bit tough to keep concentration after all of that?
"It's unbelievable", Westbrook said.
Cayley Mercer scored two goals and Shea Tiley recorded a shutout as Clarkson captured the NCAA women's hockey National Championship with a 3-0 win over Wisconsin Sunday. Naturally, the crowd serenaded him with some MVP chants.
Thunder: Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan recorded his 100th win as coach of Oklahoma City. "I think that's important, especially for us to get ready for the playoffs", Westbrook said.
A Thunder-Rockets series would feature the NBA's two leading MVP candidates: Westbrook and Houston's James Harden (second in the league with 29.2 points per game). The Bucks, who shot a paltry 35.8 percent, including only 16.7 percent from deep, had no answer when the Thunder started pouring on points early in the second quarter. Enes Kanter was a load on the interior.
Westbrook is the main cog of Oklahoma City.
"It's one of those nights, a special night, and something I definitely will never forget", Westbrook said after the game. Westbrook is trying to break the record for most triple doubles in a single season. Maybe it was because of the proximity to history, or maybe it was the Thunder were in desperate need of a performance.
Yet Westbrook's apparent domination of the league this season is not as impressive as it seems. Plus he grabbed more rebounds and dished out more assists per game. He entered Tuesday's game averaging 31.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game, and he topped 820 rebounds for 2016-17 during the Thunder's domination of the Bucks. The associated moneylines for this game are Memphis -118 and Oklahoma City +108. In a game typical of what we have come to expect over the years, both teams clawed and scratched their way to the finish line, with the lead changing hands multiple times in the final minutes of play. However, Memphis responded to the Thunder's punches with a run of their own to keep the game within reach, in part thanks to players like Andrew Harrison, who had 12 points on the night. With a win there they can secure no worse than the 6-seed.
Robertson averaged better than a triple-double - something else Westbrook is on the cusp of doing - during the 1961-62 season when he set the record. Westbrook sees the Thunder as a contender, and while that's a bold thing to believe, if they can bottle the kind of energy and intensity featured on Tuesday, it's at least a step in that direction.