Russell Westbrook notched yet another triple-double (his 27th if you’re keeping count), but this time in paramount fashion. Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place in the all-time list of triple-doubles in a season, after a 116-108 win over the New York Knicks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted 38 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists in spectacular fashion against a hard-chasing Knicks team, as part of Wednesday night’s ESPN NBA Crossover doubleheader.
Russell Westbrook moves into sole possession of the 3rd-most triple doubles in a season in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/1t4sZKbSGL
— ESPN (@espn) February 16, 2017
The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot a blistering 73 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead behind Carmelo Anthony, who made his first seven shots and tallied 19 points in the period. New York led by 17 in the second quarter before a furious Thunder rally, taking a 62-60 lead at halftime. Westbrook had 19 points and 10 assists at the break.
The All-Star point guard clinched his triple-double on a rebound with roughly seven minutes left in the third quarter. He shot a combined 13-of-22 from the floor, and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, leading all players in points, assists, rebounds, steals (3), and turnovers (6).
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 16, 2017
Russell Westbrook heads into the All-Star break with averages of 30.9 points, 10.1 assists, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game — numbers that make an undeniably strong case for an MVP season.