OKLAHOMA CITY — A number of nights after staying greater than 2½ hours after the buzzer for a late-night solo capturing session, Russell Westbrook bounced again with one of his most full video games of the season, which included his 107th profession triple-double to tie Jason Kidd for third on the all-time list.
Westbrook completed with 23 factors on 10-of-17 capturing, together with 2-of-5 from Three-point vary, to go along with 19 rebounds and 15 assists within the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Westbrook recorded his second consecutive triple-double, and his third of the season, and now trails solely Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138) on the all-time list. To match Kidd, Westbrook wanted simply 760 video games in contrast with 1,247 for Kidd.
“I’m extraordinarily blessed and humbled to have the option to exit and play and compete within the NBA in of itself, and simply to be named with Jason Kidd and Magic and Oscar and people guys, I might by no means have dreamt about even sitting right here speaking to you guys,” Westbrook mentioned. “I take the whole lot in and by no means take something with no consideration.”
Westbrook did not report a triple-double in his first eight video games of the season however has three in his previous 4. At his present tempo, Westbrook would possibly catch Johnson (906 video games) on the list someday late subsequent season, and it is conceivable he might ultimately catch Robertson (1,040 video games).
Westbrook had a dismal capturing night time Saturday in a loss to the Nuggets, going 1-of-12 from Three-point vary, together with Zero-of-5 within the fourth quarter. Afterward, he waited for the world flooring to clear for some capturing follow.
The Thunder had three days off, and Westbrook additionally took benefit of that point to work by some points. He settled right into a rhythm early and had one of his finest capturing nights of the season, which featured hitting Four-of-5 within the fourth quarter because the Thunder put away the Cavs.
“He is been capturing from that night time, in follow, in shootaround,” Paul George mentioned. “He is simply been getting comfy again there. We noticed some catch-and-shoots, which is uncommon from Russ. So he positively felt comfy.”
Westbrook mentioned nothing was notably completely different on Wednesday towards the Cavs, simply that the pictures went on this time. On pictures exterior the paint, although, Westbrook hit 6-of-9 towards Cleveland, after going simply 2-of-14 towards the Nuggets. He was extra selective and used his dimension and energy to publish up rookie Collin Sexton for a flurry of banked jumpers within the fourth quarter.
“Like I’ve advised you guys many occasions earlier than, good or dangerous nights, I do no matter I can, no matter my staff wants on the time,” Westbrook mentioned. “And that is what I do.”