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Westbrook tallies 50th triple double

Russell Westbrook, shooting over Eric Bledsoe during the second quarter, has 26 points, 11 rebounds and 22 assists.

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Russell Westbrook, shooting over Eric Bledsoe during the second quarter, has 26 points, 11 rebounds and 22 assists.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook passed the credit around like he shared the ball Saturday night.

Westbrook had a career-high 22 assists in his 50th career triple double, leading the Thunder to a 114-101 victory over the Suns.

"My teammates did a great job of spacing, catching and finishing, making some shots," he said. "My job is to be able to find those guys. The ball is in my hands a lot."

Westbrook also scored 26 and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 13th triple double of the season. He had gone three games without one, yet the league's leading scorer continues to average double figures in points, rebounds and assists.

Westbrook set up his teammates for much of the night, but he also showed why he averages more than 30 points. He scored 17 on 5 for 9 shooting in the third quarter to help the Thunder push its lead to 20.

"As the game goes on, I read and kind of see what's open," he said. "And I can go back to different things that I see that's open and try to find ways to be assertive and when not to be."

Game Highlights: James Harden scored 10 of his 28 in overtime and the visiting Rockets rallied from 12 down with just over two minutes to play to win their 10th straight, 111-109 over the Timberwolves. … Paul George scored 26, Jeff Teague added 19 and the visiting Pacers beat the Pistons 105-90. … Kevin Love had 27 points and 17 rebounds, LeBron James scored 26 and Kyrie Irving added 21 as the host Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat the Lakers 119-108. … Kemba Walker scored 18 and dished out 10 assists to lead the visiting Hornets to a 107-99 victory over the Hawks. … Kenneth Faried led the way with 25 points as the host Nuggets beat the Knicks 127-114.

Westbrook tallies 50th triple double 12/17/16 [Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2016 11:39pm]
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