Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts after being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Atlanta. Oklahoma City won 119-107. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Russell Westbrook darted into the lane time and time again, hitting the shot, drawing a foul or finding an open teammate.At the other end of the court, he lingered under the boards, pulling down one rebound after another — usually against players taller than him.ADVERTISEMENT Isaiah Thomas rallies Lakers past Nuggets LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew At this rate, he’ll go by Kidd and Johnson in the next couple of seasons, having already become the third-fastest to reach the century mark behind Robertson (a mere 277 games) and Johnson (656 games). Westbrook needed 736 games to get there, but he’s really stepped up the pace since Kevin Durant left for Golden State.The sellout crowd in attendance-challenged Atlanta — a turnout befitting one of the league’s brightest stars — broke into loud applause when Westbrook locked up his triple-double with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, snatching away a rebound after the Hawks missed.“It’s always crazy for me, man, to go on the road and just see — not just fans cheering, but kids wearing my jersey,” he said. “I never, ever imagined me even playing in the NBA. To see that every time, it’s always amazing for me. I never take it for granted.”Westbrook not only made it to the NBA.He cracked a very elite club.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ “I’m just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys,” Westbrook said after leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.It was another vintage performance by the 6-foot-3 point guard .After Paul George went down with a groin injury in the third quarter, Westbrook took over in the fourth.He guided a 16-0 run that suddenly turned a back-and-forth game — it was tied, in fact, after Taurean Prince hit a 3-pointer with 5:18 remaining — into a comfortable victory for Oklahoma City by the time the horn sounded.Westbrook put the Thunder ahead for good with a pull-up jumper. He fed a pass to Jerami Grant for a 3-pointer. He bolted for the basket to draw a foul and sank both free throws. He spotted Grant again on a fast break after an Atlanta turnover, threading a pass that set up a three-point play. He drew another foul, sinking one more free throw. And with the lead in double digits, he stayed on the court long enough to grab three more rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT In other words, just another night for Mr. Triple-Double .Westbrook joined a very exclusive club Wednesday by putting up double figures in points, assists and rebounds for the 100th time in his career, a feat accomplished by only three other players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOscar Robertson. Magic Johnson. Jason Kidd.Not bad company. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I try to read and react and see what teams are doing defensively, and obviously find the ways to make the game easy for my teammates,” Westbrook said.Finally, after Carmelo Anthony knocked down the last of his six 3-pointers to cap the run, Westbrook headed to the bench with just under a minute to go.His work was done after a night like so many others.He finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists .“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 marveled. “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.”Westbrook insisted his gaudy numbers are not the most important thing.He’s proudest of the Thunder’s record when he goes off for a triple-double — 82-18.“I like winning,” Westbrook said. “The most important part about this game is winning, embracing and enjoying it with your teammates.”Westbrook is barely halfway to Robertson’s career record of 181 triple-doubles, but he’s definitely got Johnson (138) and Kidd (107) in his sights.Last season, Westbrook won the MVP award and set a league record with 42 triple-doubles, joining Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double over a full year. This season, with more offensive help around him after the Thunder acquired George and Anthony, Westbrook has still managed 21 triple-doubles. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments
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The main wooden roof section for the Olympic Gymnastic Centre in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games is seen in Tokyo Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. The new Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue is halfway completed. On Wednesday engineers raised a massive wooden roof section, one of five sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Attention Simone Biles: They’re building a venue in Tokyo where you can add to the four Olympic gold medals you won in Rio de Janeiro.The 2020 Olympic gymnastics venue is halfway completed and should be finished by this time next year.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Wednesday, engineers raised a massive timber roof section, one of five curved sections that will top out the 20.5 billion yen ($180 million) building, which designers describe as being shaped like a wooden bowl.“Japan’s wood culture will be communicated through the venue,” architect Hidemichi Takahashi said through an interpreter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWood has been traditionally used in Japanese housing, and religious shrines and temples.Each of the five wooden sections weighs 200 metric tons, or 200,000 kilograms (440,000 pounds). Officials said the wood used in the roof is larch, a conifer in the pine family. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Doncic, Smith lead Mavs past Wizards to stop skid View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ The venue is located in the Tokyo Bay region in an area known as Ariake. The area will also have Olympic venues for tennis, volleyball, BMX and skateboarding.Located close by in the bay region are also venues for triathlon, marathon swimming, beach volleyball, swimming, water polo, archery, 3×3 basketball, sport climbing, hockey, equestrian, canoeing and rowing.Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee have been criticized for leaving behind empty, unused venues in Rio de Janeiro — where Biles was among the stars of the games — and earlier this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Tokyo organizers are using a mix of new, old and temporary venues, hoping to avoid the stigma of creating white elephants.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The section raised on Wednesday was lifted from the ground at a glacial pace of about 9 centimeters (3.5 inches) per minute, so trying to see the movement was like watching clock hands barely move.“By using wood instead of steel, the weight of the roof is cut in half,” Takahashi said.The venue will also have timber seating “to give fans the feel of the warmth of wood,” Takahashi added.Officials said all the wood in the venue is Japanese. There has been some controversy about the origin of wood used in the new Olympic Stadium, which is under construction in central Tokyo.The gymnastics venue will seat about 12,000 and will be used for 10 years after the Olympics as a convention center by the Tokyo metropolitan government. After that, plans call for the building to be razed.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?