OKLAHOMA CITY – A few evenings after spending more than 2½ hours past the swimmer for a late night sunset,…
OKLAHOMA CITY – A few evenings after spending more than 2½ hours past the swimmer for a late night sunset, Russell Westbrook studded with one of his most complete games of the season, which included his 107th career triple double to tie Jason Kidd to third on the all-time list.
Westbrook ended with 23 points on 10-in-17 photography, including 2-in-5 from 3-point intervals, to go 19 rebounds and 15 assists in Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-83 victory over Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Westbrook recorded his second consecutive triple double and his third season, and he now tracks only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138) at all times. To match Kidd, Westbrook only needed 760 matches compared to 1
,247 for Kidd.
“I’m very blessed and humble to go out and play and compete in the NBA by myself and just to be named with Jason Kidd and Magic and Oscar and those guys I could never have dreamed of even sit here and talk to you, “said Westbrook.” I take everything in and never take anything for granted. “
Westbrook did not register a triple double in his first eight season game but he has three in his past four trips. his current pace, Westbrook can catch Johnson (906 games) on the list sometime late next season, and it’s likely he could eventually get Robertson (1,040 games).
Westbrook had a gloomy shooting night on Saturday Denver Nuggets, runs 1-of-12 from 3-point ranges, including 0-of-5 in the fourth quarter. Afterwards, he waited for the arena floor to clear for any shooting exercise.
Thunder had for three days and Westbrook also utilized that time too to work through some problems.
He got into a rhythm early in Wednesday’s competition and had one of his best shooting performances of the season, which contained 4-in-5 in the fourth quarter when the thunder quenched the bullets.
“He has shot from that night in practice in a shot,” says Paul George. “He has just been comfortable back there. We saw some catch-and-shoot, which is rare from Russ. So he felt safe comfortable. “
Westbrook said nothing was very different from Cavs, only the shot went this time. In attempt outside the color, Westbrook hit 6-of-9 against Cleveland after leaving just 2 -14 against Nuggets. He was more selective on Wednesday and used his size and strength to send rookie Collin Sexton for a flurry of banked jumpers in the fourth quarter.
“As I’ve told many times before, good or bad nights, I do what I can, what my team needs at that time, “said Westbrook.” And that’s what I do. “