Russell Westbrook didn't record a triple-double Wednesday night, meaning he has only four more games to set the NBA single-season record. He came close, finishing just one rebound shy of the impressive stat line, but close doesn't cut it.
Grizzlies coachDavid Fizdale could even brag about it.
"We held him from getting a triple-double, so take that, Russell Westbrook," he joked Wednesday night, viaThe Oklahoman.
The fact that it's news Westbrookdidn'tget a triple-double just speaks to the incredible season he's having. We expect it from the point guard by now, so when he doesn't achieve it, it's kind of surprising. As for Westbrook, he's just glad his team won, although he understands people wanted to see a triple-double.
"I think obviously people come to see that, there were a lot of peoplehere [in the media]to see that as well, but, you know, it happens like that," he said. "We got a lot of games left and, you know, we got the win and that's the most important part to me."
There was a moment near the end of the game whenWestbrook had a chance to get that 10th rebound. The Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison attempted a 3-pointer after just missing one, and if he missed again then Westbrook would have been there to get the rebound. But Harrison made the 3.
When asked about it, Westbrook downplayed wanting to chase a triple-double and said instead he wanted the rebound in order to close out the game. But he admitted he was aware about how many he had because the crowd was yelling the number.
Instead, the talented point guard finished with 45 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals.