Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has missed breaking the triple-double record.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has missed breaking the triple-double record. Sue Ogrocki

Westbrook one rebound short of making NBA history

BASKETBALL: Russell Westbrook inspired the Oklahoma City Thunder to a crucial victory over the Memphis Grizzlies but was left just one rebound short of making NBA history.

The 28-year-old Thunder star poured on 45 points in a scintillating display at Memphis's FedEx Forum as Oklahoma City clinched a nailbiting 103-100 win to improve to 45-44.

But Westbrook, who earlier this week equalled Oscar Robertson's 1962 single-season record of 41 triple-doubles, was left just one rebound short of breaking the 55-year-old mark.

Westbrook finished the night with 45 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and hit a clutch 3-pointer with 14 seconds on the clock to clinch the win.

Westbrook's pursuit of Robertson's mark has captivated fans around the NBA this season, and catapulted him to the forefront of the race for MVP honours.

Westbrook now has four more games to achieve the mark, with the Thunder due to face Phoenix on Saturday (EST) in their next game.

Westbrook - who had been on a run of seven straight triple-doubles - meanwhile was left satisfied with a win which tightens the Thunder's grip on sixth position in the Western Conference playoff rankings. Memphis (42-37) are in seventh.

"I just came out trying to get a win for us, man, it was a big game for us," Westbrook said after the game.

"We're fighting for a playoff position so it's a good win for us. I think we did a good job of sticking together."

News Corp Australia


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