Westbrook’s career night lifts Thunder over Bucks

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Milwaukee Bucks dropped their second straight game Tuesday night in a 110-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder that saw Russell Westbrook tie an NBA record for triple doubles.

Westbrook scored 12 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and assisted on 13 shots to tie former Bucks great Oscar Robertson for an NBA-record 41 triple doubles on the season. Five other players on the Thunder roster finished with double-digit points.

”It’s one of those nights, a special night, and something I definitely will never forget,” Westbrook said. ”I’m just truly honored to do it here, especially in Oklahoma City.”

It was not a good showing for the Bucks, who were coming off a record-setting month of March where they won 14 games. Milwaukee shot just 36 percent overall Tuesday night, converting on 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) of three-point attempts. The Bucks were also out-rebounded 53-38.

Milwaukee has just four games left in the regular season and remains in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a two-game lead over eighth place Indiana. That’s where the Bucks travel to next, meeting the Pacers Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Feigin: “Little traction” to Westbrook trade

MADISON, Wis. — Speaking exclusively with The Wisconsin Sports Zone Network Sunday morning, Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin said an offer was made to Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, but that it never gained much traction.

Milwaukee’s current point guard, Michael Cater-Williams, averaged 11.5 points per game in 2015, down about five points per contest (16.7) from his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers. His assist numbers were down as well, from 6.3 per game to 5.2. His ineffectiveness to combine assists with shooting in the 2015-16 campaign led to discussion MCW would be traded, only to have rumors fly that he wouldn’t be leaving Milwaukee.

The Bucks have since explored other options at point guard, namely Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, a five-time All-Star with the Thunder. At 27 years old, Westbrook led the NBA last season with 18 triple doubles. Feigin says Milwaukee discussed the possibility of bringing Westbrook in, but the discussions never turned into a contract offer.

“When [a potential trade] becomes very substantial and real, we circle up the business side, the ownership side, and the basketball side and all give it a quick, hard thought. It didn’t get to that level, so I think the Westbrook rumors were…the second [Kevin] Durant left, you were going to get Westrbook rumors.”

Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State, signing a two-year contract worth $54.3 million with a player option after the first season.

Feigin wouldn’t say what Milwaukee’s initial offer was to acquire Westbrook, but early reports suggest it may have been Jabari Parker and/or Khris Middleton.

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