OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook really doesn't like to talk about his triple-doubles. Whether the Oklahoma City point guard is being modest or would just rather focus on the team, he won't elaborate in how much his triple-doubles are affecting his team's success.
But it was hard for his teammates not to delve into it after Westbrook compiled his 32nd triple-double of the season to lead Oklahoma City to a 112-104 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook posted 33 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds to break a tie with Wilt Chamberlain (1967-68) for second place on the triple-double list. Westbrook continues to average a triple-double and lead the NBA in scoring. Oklahoma City is 26-6 in games he records a triple-double.
"It doesn't surprise any of us in this locker room," Thunder guard Victor Oladipo said. "But it's still historic, man. It's unbelievable. I'm honored to be able to play alongside him."
The Thunder are now 3-1 against the Northwest Division-leading Jazz and Westbrook has had a triple-double in each victory. .
Dante Exum led the Jazz with 22 points. Alex Burks added 21 points and seven rebounds. No Utah starter reached double figures in scoring or rebounds as it fell to 41-25.
But coach Quin Snyder liked how his reserves stepped in when they got their chance to play.
"The guys came in and competed," Snyder said. "And that's really all you want is for them to come in and compete. Usually when you do that, you can make some good things happen."
Led by their reserves, the Jazz trimmed Oklahoma City's 23-point advantage down to seven when Exum drove to the basket with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter. But Westbrook nailed a pair of free throws to give Oklahoma City a 105-96 advantage.
Westbrook then stole the ball and Exum was called for a clear path foul. He hit both attempts and the Thunder kept possession of the ball with 2:29 on the clock.
That led to Oladipo being fouled while driving to the rim. His free throw put Oklahoma City ahead 108-96.
Joel Bolomboy and Burks scored the next four points to get the Jazz to within eight points.
Andre Robertson missed two free throws and Utah's Raul Neto came down for a layup to get deficit to six.
Westbrook hit another pair of free throw then came back with a one handed dunk to close out the game.
"We tried to pick up where we left of in the Spurs game," Roberson said. "Just tried to be physical, use our length and athleticism to get out and run in transition and do what we love to do."
Coach Billy Donovan tried to match up his best defender, Roberson, on Hayward through the game. Whenever Hayward was on the court, Roberson was in game shadowing him and limiting his touches.
The same could not be said for Oladipo, who had the Jazz defense running in in the first half. He drained three 3-pointers and attacked his defender with strong drives down the lane for dunks.
Westbrook reached his triple-double in the first few minutes of the third quarter. He went on to end the quarter with five points and five assists before he was taken out and Oklahoma City leading by 20.
Westbrook now has 16 games left to collect nine more triple-doubles and catch Oscar Robertson, who has the all-time record with 41.
"It's amazing what he has done," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "It's like they are historic numbers you are talking about, Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson, two of the greatest players to play the game. They are impactful in the game. And I think when Russell's career is done... he is a guy that you are going to look at and say what he has done throughout his career is historic."
NOTES: Utah coach Quin Snyder couldn't make up his mind if playing Oklahoma City twice in 11 days was a good or bad thing. "It can go either way," Snyder said. "I don't know how I would characterize it. It affects a little bit of your preparation because they're not going to be that different from a week later. (Whether you won or lost the previous game,) it cuts both ways psychologically." ... This was the second time this season Oklahoma City played in a home game that started at 2 p.m. CT. Thunder coach Billy Donovan says it hasn't been a problem. "I think in all these situations, everybody is dealing with the same thing," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "A 2 o'clock game for them is a 2 o'clock game for us." ... Utah C Rudy Gobert (leg soreness) was a late scratch Saturday against Oklahoma City. Derrick Favors (knee) also sat out.