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OKC's Westbrook not a factor as he falls well short of another triple-double in Jazz win

SALT LAKE CITY — Russell Westbrook has been the rage of the NBA so far this year, putting up triple-doubles almost every night and actually averaging a triple- double through 26 games for Oklahoma City this season.

For the third straight game, Westbrook fell short of the triple double and afterward while everyone wanted to talk triple double again he was only concerned about why the Thunder did not win the game Wednesday night at Vivint Arena.

Westbrook came into the game averaging 30.7 points, 10.8 assists, 10.7 rebounds, on pace to become the first NBA player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to achieve such a feat. On the season, he has 12 triple-doubles, while the rest of the league combined has just 15.

But although Westbrook scored just under his scoring average with 27 points, he had only six rebounds and five assists and the 109-89 loss — coming on top of 114-95 defeat in Portland the night before — put Westbrook in a bad mood.

“Honestly man, this triple-double thing is getting on my nerves,” he said. “People think if I don’t get it, it’s a big thing, if I do get it it’s a thing. Just let me play. If I get it I get it, if I don’t I don’t. I really don’t care — for the hundredth time. All I care about is winning, honestly. All the numbers don’t mean nothing to me.”

Many of Westbrook’s points against the Jazz came on free throws (11) as he shot a miserable 7 for 25 from the field, his second-worst shooting night of the season. While both Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack did admirable jobs defending him, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said it had more to do with an off night for the dynamic guard.

“He’s a great player . . . when he has an off-shooting night, you don’t take credit for it with your defense,” Snyder said. “You try to make sure you do as good a job as you can, not giving up offensive rebounds when he drives and try not to give him layups. Sometimes that’s hard to do.”

Snyder did give credit to Mack and Exum, saying, “The guys that were guarding him worked hard and that’s all you can ask. He still ended up with 27 points.”

Westbrook didn’t want to give the Jazz the credit for his off night.

“We missed a lot of open shots, not only around the basket, but some threes and pullups that we usually make,” he said. “Any team you go down against, it’s tough to come back on especially on the road. Tonight was one of those nights.”

Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said Utah's 58.3 shooting percentage and the Thunder's 36.3 percentage had something to do with Westbrook falling short of a triple-double.

"He had a hard time getting a triple-double tonight because of the shooting percentage that Utah shot and the fact that we didn't shoot the ball well," he said. "So there goes rebounds and assists off the board right there."