Russell Westbrook claims scoring title over James Harden
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook officially claimed the title of scoring champion over Houston’s James Harden on Wednesday night. Westbrook scored 37 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in hopes of keeping their playoff hopes alive. Westbrook finishes the season with a 28.1 points per game average.
The Thunder needed to get some help if they wanted to make the playoffs. The Thunder needed to get a win against Minnesota, and have the Spurs beat the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook knew the stakes were high and he came out and played like it was a playoff game. Westbrook just dominated the game on both ends of the court, but the Thunder fell just short of the playoffs as Anthony Davis led the Pelicans to a much needed victory to enter the postseason.
When Westbrook was asked about the scoring title he said, “It doesn’t mean nothing. Good job. Hooray. I’m at home. Watching other teams play. Doesn’t mean nothing.” Westbrook told reporters in warm-ups that he would rather be in the playoffs than win the scoring title.
However, Russell Westbrook did accomplish an amazing feat with his teammate Kevin Durant. This is the first time since the 1952 and 1953 seasons when two teammates won the scoring title in back-to-back seasons. Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston were the last to do it as members of the Philadelphia Warriors.