Not that Russell Westbrook wants to hear anything about it, but he became the sixth player in NBA history to earn 50 career triple-doubles on Saturday by garnering 26 points, 22 assists and 11 rebounds in a 114-101 Oklahoma City Thunder victory over the Phoenix Suns.
His 13th triple-double of the season, Westbrook set a new career high with his 22 assists and also accrued the first 20-20 game of his career. In addition, the 22 assists are a franchise record. Needless to say, Russ is in the midst of an MVP-caliber season, which could result in him leading the league in both points and assists.
Speaking of assists, one of the most impressive dimes of the evening by Westbrook came midway through the fourth quarter, when Brodie found Steven Adams under the basket for a layup. The dish marked Westbrook’s 20th assist of the game.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) December 18, 2016
Prior to tonight, the last time a player had a 20-20 triple-double was when Rod Strickland did it for the Washington Wizards in 1998. If Russ continues his stellar play, he could become the first player to average a triple-double since the great Oscar Robertson did so in the 1961-1962 NBA season, a season that saw the Big O collect a record 41 total triple-doubles.
Westbrook is establishing himself as the game’s most well-rounded player, and his offseason decision to extend his contract with OKC, a team for which he can be “the man” for years to come and dish out plenty of smooth assists, looks smarter by the day. And as long as #0 is playing for the Thunder, Adams will continue to get easy opportunities at the rim, such as the beautiful play below.
Russ keeps eatin’ 🍴
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 18, 2016