NBA: Westbrook still higher, Cleveland slowed
Oklahoma City Thunder leader Russel Westbrook during a game in Denver, Colorado on October 10, 2017
Russell Westbrook became Saturday the first player in history to submit all teams in the NBA Championship to his specialty, the “triple doubles”, while Cleveland conceded a heavy and disturbing defeat in New Orleans (123-101) .
In the wake of his outstanding season 2016-17, Westbrook continues to frenzy statistics and rewrite history.
Well supported by rookies Carmelo Anthony (21 pts) and Paul George (20 pts), the star of Oklahoma City has martyred pale Chicago Bulls (101-69) with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, his third “triple double” of the season.
He has now inflicted at least one “triple” (three categories of statistics to ten units and more) to all NBA franchises, excluding OKC, his team since its debut in 2008.
But this is not the feat that caught the attention of the best player (MVP) of the season 2016-17: “When we play in defense as we played tonight, we are in a position to win the matches,” he said. he noted.
“My goal this season is to have a defensive impact for my match-for-match squad,” continued OKC’s N.0.
Westbrook and his teammates were scared on the road to Chicago: their plane was damaged after being hit probably by a bird.
“It’s one of those moments when you lower your head, you pray and then you thank the guy at the top for allowing the plane to land that way,” explained before the Westbrook match while the photos showing the nose of the sunken plane published on social networks by his teammates quickly went around the world.
– First defeat of the Clippers –
Saturday night was not good for three other title contenders, at least the leading roles, the Clippers, Houston and Cleveland.
There is no more undefeated team after the Clippers’ home defeat against Detroit (95-87). As a result, the California franchise left orders for the Western Conference in Memphis and downgraded to 2nd place.
The Rockets lost to Memphis 103 to 89, but are now 4th in the Western Conference with five wins and two losses.
The case of Cleveland is more disturbing: the Cavaliers were dominated on Saturday by New Orleans (123-101) led by the trio Anthony Davis (30 pts), DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday (29 pts each).
They conceded their third defeat in six games, synonymous with 8th place, and are still looking for their bearings. Tyronn Lue coached Iman Shumpert in the absence of Derrick Rose with an ankle injury and outsourced his superstar LeBron James.
Shumpert scored just 5 points and James was limited to 18 points (6 of 11 shot).
But “King James” remains calm: “It’s way too early to panic, I do not underestimate what happens, our matches are disappointing, but I know that a season is long and we are engaged in a process, “he said.
Utah dominated the Los Angeles Lakers 96-81 with 21 points from Ricky Rubio and eight rebounds and 3 against Rudy Gobert.
Finally, Dallas lost to Philadelphia 112-110 and is already in a bad position in the last place of the Western Conference, with only one win in seven games.