NBA News: Russell Westbrook First With 15 Triple-Double Since ’89
Russell Westbrook is rocking this season. He has notched up 15 triple doubles, the highest since 1989 and guided Oklahoma City Thunder to win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.Advertisement
Thunder banked on Westbrook’s stellar show to edge past Rockets 111-107 on Tuesday night. Westbrook led with 21 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds.
And the dynamic point-guard notched up his 15th triple double of the season. The best since 1988-89 season, when Magic Johnson had 17, and Michael Jordan posted 15, according to the USA Today. And in all the 15 games, when Westbrook got a triple-double, his side won. With 11 games left, it’s quite possible for Westbrook to surpass the numbers posted by Magic Johnson.
“That’s just a blessing,” Westbrook said after the game, according to the ESPN. “Especially getting mentioned with those guys. Those guys are Hall of Famers. My job is try to help us win games and try to win a championship.”
It was his third triple double in a row and fourth in his past five game. Westbrook has 34 triple-doubles in his career.
Kevin Durant scored 23 points in Thunder’s 5th straight win. Dion Waiters added 17.
“When he helps us rebound like that and passes the ball, it’s good for our team,” Thunder forward Kevin Durant said of Westbrook’s ability to rebound. “I think the thing is rebounds. When he rebounds like that, we’re a better team. He can pass and he can score with the best of them. When he rebounds that way, it gives us a little something extra.”
Houston was leading 99-97 when Westbrook took over and swung the fortune of the game. James Harden led the Rockets with game-high 24 points, career high 16 assists and seven rebounds.