“It is good for our team, good for our legs, and especially good for it being late in the year,” said Westbrook, who had 29 points in 26 minutes Wednesday before he, Durant and Perkins were instructed to take a seat with 4:01 still remaining in the third quarter.
Brooks said he wasn't aware Durant was near a triple-double until he learned Durant needed only one more assist.
“I just focus on playing good basketball and getting the win,” Brooks said. “I don't care who scores, who makes the plays. I care about who plays defense and who commits to that end of the floor because I know that if we do that we're going to put ourselves in a position to win.
“KD has the potential to get a triple-double many nights.”
Durant sheepishly admitted he knew what he needed to seal the double-digit trifecta thanks to his ever-growing friendship with the game's stat crew.
“I've got a good relationship with those guys at the scorer's table,” Durant said with a grin. “We laugh and joke all the time and tonight they told me I was one assist away.
“When you've got a triple-double, people think it's just about the guy who gets it. Teammates make so many great plays to put you in position to do that. It's not just me. My teammates made me look good tonight.”
Until Brooks sent Durant to the bench.