Welcome to the club, Russell Westbrook.
Not bad company.
Not bad at all.
Westbrook became the fourth player in NBA history to record 100 triple-doubles and sparked a 16-0 run down the stretch that carried the Oklahoma City Thunder to their fourth straight victory, 119-107 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Westbrook scored 32 points, dished out 12 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds , joining an exclusive group that includes Oscar Robertson (181 triple-doubles), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).
“Oh man, just an unbelievable blessing,” Westbrook said. “I give thanks to the man above just for allowing me to go out and play the game I love each and every night. I never take it for granted.”
He became the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Robertson needed just 277 games to get No. 100, while Magic Johnson accomplished the feat in his 656th game. Westbrook had played 736 games in his career.
“The group of guys that’s ahead are Hall of Famers,” Westbrook said. “I’m just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys.”
Atlanta’s Taurean Prince knocked down a 3-pointer to tie it at 103 with 5:15 remaining. Led by Westbrook and Jerami Grant, the Thunder dominated the rest of the way.
Westbrook scored seven points, getting to the line over and over again, while Grant knocked down a 3 and converted a three-point play — both off assists by Westbrook. Carmelo Anthony capped the deciding run with his sixth 3-pointer of the game.
Westbrook received a big cheer from the Atlanta crowd when he grabbed his 10th rebound with 2:38 remaining, locking up the historic triple-double.
Anthony finished with 21 points, while Grant chipped in with 20, helping to make up for the loss of Paul George with a groin injury.
Having accepted a complementary role on a team that belongs to Westbrook, Anthony is reveling in the accomplishments of his teammate.
“What it takes to do that on a night-in, night-out basis, the focus that you have to have, the intensity that you have to play with,” Anthony said. “For me, being able to be a part of that, be alongside him, it’s a special moment. It’s something that we should all appreciate, moments like this, and appreciate what we have and who we have.”
Prince led the Hawks with 25 points.
But Atlanta, which lost its fourth straight game and remains tied with Orlando for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, had no answer for Westbrook.
“We really wanted to show him a crowd, show him a lot of bodies,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “When Carmelo started hitting those 3s, that hurt a lot, when he started teeing them up. Then you feel a little hesitant to show a crowd, and Westbrook’s starting to get a little more penetration, getting more to the rim, getting to the free-throw line more. That’s why they’re a good team.”
Thunder: George went down hard on a foul in the third quarter, landing awkwardly, and didn’t play at all in the final period. Coach Billy Donovan said he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine the extent of the groin injury, but stressed that the Thunder would be cautious with his treatment and recovery. George finished with 12 points. … Center Steven Adams sat out the game with a left hip contusion. Dakari Johnson started in his place but played just seven minutes, scoring three points with two rebounds.
Hawks: Budenholzer received a technical foul for complaining about a no-call late in the first quarter. He took several steps onto the court, continuing to gripe, until referee Nick Buchert finally cut him off: “Mike, you’ve made your point.” … The Hawks outrebounded the Thunder 47-38. … Damion Lee had 13 points in his NBA debut after signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day. … After trailing by 11 early in the game, Atlanta bounced back to lead 66-54 at halftime. But the Thunder erased the deficit in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter.
WHO ARE THOSE GUYS?
With the Hawks in the midst of a massive rebuilding job, it definitely helps to keep a roster handy.
That’s about the only way to keep up with an ever-changing lineup.
At one point in the second quarter, the Hawks sent out a group that included three first-year players — Lee, John Collins and Tyler Dorsey — along with Isaiah Taylor, who had played all of four NBA games before this season. Dewayne Dedmon was the only experienced player on the court.
Thunder: Return home to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
Hawks: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday before beginning a West Coast road trip.
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Wwe Blasted After Putting All Titles On Line For Strict Saudi Arabia Mega-show… Apart From Women’s Belts
WWE has come under-fire after announcing more blockbuster bouts for The Greatest Royal Rumble event in history in Saudi Arabia – without any women’s matches.
The wrestling company is heading to the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah for the supershow on April 27.
WWE WWE will hold the Greatest Royal Rumble Ever in Saudi Arabia next month
They announced that a massive 50-man Rumble would be the extravaganza’s main event.
And today they whetted the appetite further by announcing a further seven championship matches.
But there was two omissions missing from the star-studded line-up – and fans were up in arms about the lack of a female touch to the card.
Neither the Raw or SmackDown Women’s title will be on the line in the Gulf State – where female sport participation or exercising in public has long been a potential target for the kingdom’s strict religious police.
WWE John Cena is among the headline names due to compete at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
WWE But WWE have come under-fire after announcing a star-studded line-up… without any of its female athletes
Up until last Autumn, women were barred from watching sporting events.
And fans accused WWE of double standards despite the company and its hugely-talented female roster continuing to break down barriers for women’s wrestling.
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Twitter exploded with rage at the announcement as Vince McMahon and his fellow wrestling chiefs were blasted the move as cashing in at the expense of the women’s revolution.
User @bainalan05 wrote: “So there will be no women’s wrestling at the so called Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. #WWE should tell Saudi Arabia to allow women’s wrestling or they won’t come. Gender equality before profit. It isn’t 1974 anymore….”
The Mostly Bad History Of Nba All-stars As College Coaches
Memphis is turning to Penny Hardaway — the former NBA All-Star and Tigers legend who does not have any Division I experience as a head coach or as an assistant — to replace fired coach Tubby Smith. The school is expected to announce Hardaway as its next head coach on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.
Hardaway is a prominent high school and grassroots coach in Memphis with connections to the area’s top players. He has been the head coach of the Team Penny grassroots program and East High School in Memphis.
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Both James Wiseman and Chandler Lawson — the Nos. 1 and 26 prospects in the 2019 class, respectively, per ESPN.com — attend East High School.
The school said it had terminated Smith without cause due to financial challenges within the program. Attendance had dropped nearly 10,000 per game in recent years, and donations had suffered, too. Smith, who won a national title in 1998, struggled to build a regional talent pipeline.
But don’t make any assumptions about Hardaway. The history of former NBA stars stepping in to save collegiate programs is grim, and few have matched the hype attached to their arrivals. Even hometown heroes like Hardaway, a two-time Great Midwest Conference Player of the Year and four-time NBA All-Star, often struggle.
Here’s a complete rundown.
Active college coaches who had notable careers
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown Hoyas | Record: 15-15 It’s too early to judge Ewing, who finished .500 in his first season at his alma mater, which had dismissed John Thompson III last summer. The Hoyas finished 2-9 in their final 11 games of 2017-18. But Ewing has an intriguing class, led by four-star prospect Josh LeBlanc.
Chris Mullin, St. John’s Red Storm | Record 38-60 In his second season at his alma mater, Mullin won 16 games, doubling his win total from Year 1. He can hang his hat on a couple of victories over Duke and Villanova. But the Red Storm are far from the glory days Mullin was hired to reproduce.
Danny Manning, Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Record 92-102 — combines current record at Wake Forest with his stint at Tulsa He won 38 games at Tulsa. He’s reached the NCAA tournament once in four years, however, at Wake Forest (2017). But his incoming class is led by five-star forward Jaylen Hoard (No. 20 prospect in the 2017 class per ESPN.com).
Avery Johnson, Alabama Crimson Tide | Record: 56-45 Johnson reached the NCAA tournament in his third season thanks to Collin Sexton’s epic performance in the SEC tournament. Once Sexton turns pro after the season, Alabama could tumble in the SEC standings and reach Selection Sunday in 2018-19 without a guaranteed berth.
Terry Porter, Portland Pilots | Record: 21-44 The University of Portland hired the former Trail Blazers star in 2016. His team won 10 games this season — one less than last year’s final tally — and lost seven in a row to end the year for the WCC team.
Damon Stoudamire, Pacific Tigers | Record: 25-40 The former NBA All-Star worked as a coveted assistant at both Memphis and Arizona before he accepted Pacific’s offer in 2016. He’s had his challenges while also making clear strides. This season, Pacific beat BYU and jumped nearly 100 spots in KenPom.com’s rankings.
Donyell Marshall, Central Connecticut Blue Devils | Record: 20-41 He won six games in his first season (2016-17). He won 14 games this year. This is still a team in the 300s on KenPom.com.
Dan Majerle, Grand Canyon Antelopes | Record: 103-57 Majerle is one of the great NBA-to-college-coaching success stories. He helped Grand Canyon make the lengthy transition to Division I sports. This year, a Grand Canyon team that had played elite defense all season lost to New Mexico State in the WAC tournament title game.
Mike Dunleavy Sr., Tulane Green Wave | Record: 20-42 Dunleavy’s squad won 14 games this year after securing just six victories in his first season. Melvin Frazier, a 6-foot-6 forward at Tulane, is an NBA prospect.
Former college coaches who had notable NBA careers
Isiah Thomas, FIU Panthers | Record:? 26-65 You think the Knicks are the only team Isiah Thomas ruined? Nah. In three years at Florida International, Thomas won just 26 games in a disastrous stint.
Clyde Drexler, Houston Cougars | Record: 19-39 The Cougars thought they’d found their savior after Drexler retired from the NBA to lead his alma mater. He never won more than 10 games in two seasons.
Reggie Theus, Cal State Northridge Matadors | Record: 85-128 — combines record at CSUN with his stint at New Mexico State Cal State-Northridge fired Theus after this year’s 6-24 finish. In five seasons with the program, Theus — who led New Mexico State to the NCAA tournament in 2007 — never earned an at-large or automatic berth.
Mark Price, Charlotte 49ers | Record: 30-42 Price was fired in December, only a handful of games into his third season at Charlotte.
Tunisia Vs Iran: Tv Channel, Live Stream, Team News And Kick-off Time For International Friendly At Stade 7 Novembre De Rades
BOTH Iran and Tunisia will be hopeful of making a splash and causing an upset or two at this summer’s World Cup.
The Tunisians topped Group A in Africa and were unbeaten, seeing off the DR Congo by one point to make a return to the finals for the first time in 12 years.
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Iran were similarly as impressive, topping Group A in the AFC and winning six of their ten games – whilst conceding just twice.
These two have only faced each other once before, a 2-2 draw back in 2012.
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What time is kick-off?
THE game will take place on Friday, March 23.
Kick-off is at 6pm UK time.
What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
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FORMER France youth trio Seifeddine Khaoui, Ellyes Skhiri and Mouez Hassen are in line to make their debuts for Tunisia.
Experienced Aymen Abdennour has been overlooked due to lack of playing time at Marseille.
Masoud Shojaei has been recalled to the Iranian squad after more than seven months in the wilderness.
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