PHOENIX (AP) — Point guard matchups don’t get much better than the one Thursday night in Phoenix.
Russell Westbrook got the triple-double, Eric Bledsoe got the victory.
Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Suns beat Oklahoma City 117-113 to snap the Thunder’s seven-game winning streak.
“It was an epic battle,” Phoenix’s P.J. Tucker said. “They both played really well, we just came out on top.”
Bledsoe just missed a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. He took 22 fewer shots than Westbrook and made one fewer basket.
According to information provided to the Suns by Elias, it was the third time in NBA history that opposing players totaled at least 28 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists in the same game.
Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks called Westbrook “as quick and as powerful as any guard in this league.”
Westbrook missed his first eight shots and made 12 of a career-high 38. He was 1 of 10 from 3-point range, but scored 31 in the second half and overtime of his fourth triple-double this season.
“Honestly, I think I was actually shooting too much,” Westbrook said. “I think I got to do a better job of trusting my teammates more. I am not saying I don’t, but consistently trusting them regardless of what is going on, regardless of the time, score and possession. Just find a way to trust them and let them make some plays as well.”
Bledsoe was the last Phoenix point guard standing after Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas were traded away last Thursday, and he’s trying to assume a bigger leadership role, even with the arrival of fellow point guard Brandon Knight.
“I just tried to show a little more enthusiasm,” Bledsoe said. “My teammates, they feed off of that. That’s what my coaches have been telling me, that’s what my team has been telling me, just step up and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Markieff Morris scored 29 for the Suns, who pulled within 1
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