Russell Westbrook earned his 16th triple-double of the season last year against Toronto in a 119-100 victory. This win would put Oklahoma City at eight straight victories, which was the longest streak in the NBA at the time. Westbrook finished the game shooting 10/16 from the floor with 26 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes.
Westbrook’s 16th triple-double of the season was also his 7th for the month of March, which tied him with another all-time great. In 1989, Michael Jordan had 7 triple-doubles in one month. While Russ did not pick up another one in the same month to pass Jordan, he would go on to beat Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a season since 1988 with 18 in one season.
While it is no longer a surprise to see Westbrook put up these kinds of numbers, it is certainly not something Thunder fans should take for granted. It is unlikely to see his numbers decrease anytime soon. However, these types of performances do not last for forever. So, sit back, relax, and be thankful that you get to live in a time where you get to watch Russell Westbrook in his prime.
Article written by Craig Hofeld. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter.