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asnt a superstar, said he still isnt convinced even though Westbrook is on pace to be the first player to average a triple-doubl

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DALLAS -- It will take more than a quarter-season of historic production for Mark Cuban to admit that Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has proved him wrong.Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner who declared during last seasons playoffs that Westbrook wasnt a superstar, said he still isnt convinced even though Westbrook is on pace to be the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962-63.Hes putting up superstar numbers. Thats for damn sure, Cuban said of Westbrook as the Thunder took on the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Im not taking anything away from what hes been able to accomplish, but Im not going to change my definition. Hes putting up superstar numbers. You cant deny that.Westbrook had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in Fridays 102-99 loss. It was his seventh consecutive triple-double, the longest streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989, and his season averages now sit at 30.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists per game.Cuban said in April, about an hour before Westbrooks 36-point, 12-rebound, nine-assist performance in Game 5 of the first round to eliminate the Mavs, that a true superstar can carry a mediocre roster to 50 wins and a postseason series win. He noted that the Thunder failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15, when Kevin Durant missed most of the season because of a foot injury.Led by Westbrook, who has been first- or second-team All-NBA five times and is widely considered an MVP front-runner, the Thunder are 14-9 after Fridays loss and on a 50-win pace for the season. Oklahoma City will have to keep up that pace and perhaps pull off what would be considered a first-round upset for Cuban to recognize Westbrook as a superstar.Thats no disrespect to Russell, Cuban said. Hes been a beast. 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Price, heading to the 2014 Olympics for Canada, was named the First Star after posting wins in three starts with a 1.00 goals-against average and a .971 save percentage. PHOENIX -- A furious fourth quarter made Minnesota a winner on the road for just the second time this season.Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points, Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 and the Timberwolves rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns 98-85 on Friday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 23 for the Suns, who were just back from a six-game road trip.Minnesota used a 27-6 outburst to quickly erase the Phoenix lead and pull away, snapping a three-game losing streak.The Timberwolves outscored Phoenix 31-10 in the fourth quarter.I think that was our best fourth quarter of the year, Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said.Phoenixs last field goal was Bledsoes driving layup with 9:06 to play.The Suns committed a season-high 26 turnovers, resulting in 23 Minnesota points. Phoenix also was just 6 of 26 from 3-point range.Turnovers, defense, you know, the whole nine, Bledsoe said. We did everything possible to lose this game tonight.All five Timberwolves starters reached double figures.They searched and they searched until they found something that worked, Suns coach Earl Watson said, and they stayed with it, which was Wiggins in pick-and-roll coverage.Brandon Knight added 15 points for Phoenix but only two in the second half. Devin Booker scored 11.For much of the game, it looked like the Timberwolves were headed for another loss in what has been a disappointing start to the season.I think its just us coming to a point where we didnt want the same story written about us, Towns said. I think were all tired of reading the same articles and hearing the same chatter from everyone how our third and fourth quarters are a problem.Phoenix led by as many as 11 in the third quarter and was up 77-67 early in the fourth. But the Suns missed four of six free throws while the Timberwolvess went on a 16-3 run.dddddddddddd. Towns grabbed a loose ball and scored inside to cap the surge and give Minnesota an 83-80 lead with 5 1/2 minutes to play.The Timberwolves stretched it to 90-83 with 3:58 remaining when Wiggins string of 15 consecutive missed 3-pointers came to an end.Things werent going well in that game, Thibodeau said, but the fight was there and we just kept working the game and the game turned.Phoenix had been in control, although never by much, until its fourth-quarter collapse.Knight scored the last five points of the half to put Phoenix up 52-47. He made a 3-pointer from the corner as the shot clock expired with 34 seconds left and sank two free throws with 10.6 seconds to play until halftime.Bledsoe scored all of the Suns points in a 9-1 third-quarter run. His driving reverse layup capped the spurt and put Phoenix ahead 69-58 with 5:01 left in the quarter. 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