More than half a century after Wilt Chamberlain, Oklahoma City leader Russell Westbrook became Tuesday the second player in NBA history to double-triple-double with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 points. assists, at the expense of the Los Angeles Lakers.
In this Thunder victory (119-103), Westbrook matched the legend: the 1960’s icon had achieved the first double-triple-double (three categories of statistics at 20 or more) of the North American League of basketball, with even better numbers than Westbrook (22 pts, 25 rbds, 21 assists), in a Philadelphia 76ers match against Detroit in 1968.
Westbrook immediately dedicates this exploit, managed thanks to a last rebound taken in the last minute of the match, to Nipsey Hussle, rapper of 33 years old named at the Grammy Awards and shot dead Sunday in Los Angeles.
The shock of Tuesday night was between the first two of a Western Conference where the identity of the eight qualified for the plays-offs is already known. In this first-place race that ensures home advantage in the play-offs, Golden State, the leader, has mastered his home dolphin, Denver (116-102) at home.
The Warriors more than ever leaders
While they were largely in the lead after three quarters of time (86-64), the Warriors allowed themselves a slight slack in the last, without consequence.
“Obviously we are looking for this place of N.1, and I think we are masters of our destiny now, “said Warrior Stephen Curry. [/ perfectpullquote]
The double winner of the NBA title consolidates his 1st place, which will allow him to face the 8th of the conference West in the 1st round of play-offs.
The latter could be San Antonio, who has signed his 21st victory away at home, against the Atlanta Hawks (117-111), already out of race in the East for play-offs.
Led by four points after the third quarter time (90-86), the Spurs made the difference in the last quarter of the match. DeMar DeRozan made a name for himself at this match: at his 29 points which made him the best scorer of the match, the Spurs winger added 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
Houston, 3rd in the Western Conference, was held in Sacramento, beating the Kings defense, beaten 130-105 at home. James Harden in the ranks of the Rockets was the man of this match, scoring 36 points with 7 winning shots from 11 long-distance attempts.
The Houston shooters feasted, with 26 successful shots in all.
Results of the North American Basketball Championship (NBA) after Tuesday’s matches :
Golden State – Denver 116 – 102
San Antonio – Atlanta 117 – 111
Sacramento – Houston 105 – 130
Oklahoma City – LA Lakers 119 – 103