Russell Westbrook notched his 40th triple-double of the season on Sunday, putting him just one away from trying Oscar Robinson’s mark of 41.
But the Oklahoma City Thunder star still needs his team to win games, and against the Charlotte Hornets it was Westbrook trying to mount a comeback in Oklahoma.
With the Thunder down by double-digits and less than two minutes to go in the game, Westbrook hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. Seeing an opportunity, Westbrook went to the line to complete the play and tried to get himself a 5-point play.
Yup. Brodie went for the missed free-throw conversion.
Unfortunately for Westbrook, NBA rules allow every player outside of the shooter to leave the line once the ball is in the air. Shooters, however, must remain above the line until the ball draws iron.
Westbrook converted the layup, but the basket was disallowed thanks to a lane violation.
Charlotte beat Oklahoma City, 113-101.
This sure didn’t look like just another game for Kevin Durant – and not only because the Thunder beat the Warriors for the first time since he left.
The 108-91 Oklahoma City victory didn’t look like just another game for Russell Westbrook (34 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals), either.
With the shot clock off in the fourth quarter and the game tied, Grizzlies big JaMychal Green put back Tyreke Evans‘ miss with a clutch flush. There’s a very fine line between ensuring the last shot and leaving time for an offensive rebound, and Memphis threated it almost perfectly.
Emphasis on “almost.”
The Grizzlies left the Mavericks 0.5 seconds, which Harrison Barnes used to bank in a 3-pointer – off a pinpoint bounce pass by Dennis Smith Jr. – to give Dallas a 95-94 win.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.