It's been an ongoing headline all season long, as Russell Westbrook continued to inch closer to Oscar Robertson's triple-double record. Well, on Tuesday night, he officially tied that record, recording his 41st triple double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 110-79 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks. Westbrook finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 13 assists for his seventh straight triple-double, and received thunderous chants of "MVP". The record-tying feat was clinched with an assist to Taj Gibson with 9:17 left in the third quarter. Robertson's record was set in the 1961-62 season, but will more than likely be broken before the end of this season. The Thunder point guard also tied Wilt Chamberlain for fourth all-time with 78 career triple-doubles. Enes Kanter led the scoring for OKC with 17 points, as the Thunder posted their largest margin of victory this season.
LeBron's Triple-Double Pulls Cavs Even Atop East'
Speaking of triple-doubles, LeBron James had one of his own on Tuesday night, leading his Cleveland Cavaliers in a 122-102 rout of the Orlando Magic. The win pulls the Cavs even with the Boston Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, as those two teams prepare to square off on Wednesday. It was James's second straight triple-double, as his team knocked down 18 three-pointers in the victory. Kevin Love led the scoring for Cleveland with 28 points, while King James finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Cavs' 17th straight win over Orlando. The defending champs used a dominant third quarter to pull away from the Magic, outscoring them 43-20 in the frame behind nine three-pointers. Other key performers saw Kyrie Irving score 24 points and J.R. Smith score 19. When asked about the big contest against Boston on Wednesday, LeBron said after the game "I've been to six straight NBA Finals, I'm the last person to ask about a regular season game."
Bruins Shut Out Lightning to Clinch Playoff Spot
It started off with an unfortunate recurrence for the Boston Bruins with Brad Marchand getting ejected for spearing Jake Dotchin in the first period. By the end of the night, the Bruins were celebrating another playoff appearance, as they clinched a spot with a 4-0 shutout of the Tampa Bay Lightning. David Pastrnak had two goals to lead the Bruins, who clinched their first playoff berth since 2014. Drew Stafford and Zdeno Chara also scored to help Boston extend their season-long win streak to six games. The Bruins had missed out on the postseason the past two years, but ended that drought after firing head coach Claude Julien mid-season. Tukka Rask recorded his career-high eighth shutout of the season, making 28 saves in the process. Boston has been rolling at the perfect time of the year, as they have not suffered defeat since March 23rd against Tampa Bay.