With the outcome all but decided and just more than a minute remaining, Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan wanted to get Russell Westbrook out of Tuesday’s game.
Westbrook wasn’t having it, waving off Hamidou Diallo.
Moments later, Westbrook grabbed a rebound and nearly snagged another as the ball glanced off his fingertips after a miss.
On the next possession, Westbrook snagged a final rebound and joined some elite company in NBA history in the Thunder’s 119-103 win over the Lakers.
Westbrook became the second player in league history to have 20 or more points, rebounds and assists in a game, finishing with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists. Wilt Chamberlain was the other player to accomplish the feat.
Chamberlain set the lofty mark with 22 points, 25 rebounds and 21 assists for the 76ers in a 1968 game.
After the game, Westbrook dedicated the win to rapper Nipsey Hussle. The musician, like Westbrook, a Los Angeles native, was shot and killed Sunday in Los Angeles.
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“I’m not going to try to put it into words but like I said on the floor, that’s who it’s for,” Westbrook said.
Donovan said Westbrook explained the wave-off after the game.
“I knew that he had a close friend pass away,” Donovan said.
Rockets 130, Kings 105: James Harden had 36 points and 10 assists, Houston matched its season high with 26 3-pointers to win in Sacramento. Eric Gordon and Danuel House Jr. each scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and P.J. Tucker scored 13. The Rockets have won 17 of 20. Houston (50-28) moved a half-game ahead of idle Portland for third place in the Western Conference. It’s the fifth time in the six seasons that the Rockets have had at least 50 victories. Buddy Hield had 20 points and seven rebounds for Sacramento. The Kings (38-40) have lost four of six.
Spurs 117, Hawks 111: DeMar DeRozan scored 29 points and San Antonio picked up its 21st straight home win over Atlanta.
Grunfeld gone: Ernie Grunfeld was fired as president of the Wizards after 16 seasons in charge of the team, and owner Ted Leonsis said he will oversee a “reboot.” Grunfeld’s dismissal was announced with four games left in a disappointing, no-playoffs season that began with Leonsis setting a goal of 50 wins.
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