Sunday afternoon, Russell Westbrook’s headlines read like a broken record:
“Westbrook records another triple-double.”
At this point, Westbrook is devaluing every sense of the word as it seems any given night he puts on a Thunder jersey that he’s going to achieve such a feat. It’s to the point now that if Westbrook doesn’t get a triple-double it feels like he UNDERperformed.
The Thunder defeated the Miami Heat 93-75 and Westbrook poured in 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 17 assists (a career-high). This was one of the more unique triple-doubles of the season for Westbrook because he performed with the heavy emphasis on assists and less of the scoring load. Enes Kanter led the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds, looking like an absolute steal in Sam Presti’s deadline move for the Turkish big man.
This is Westbrook’s 10th triple-double of the season and his 8th in the last 13 games. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Westbrook is the 1st player with 10 triple-doubles in a single season since Jason Kidd was able to do it as a player in the 2007-2008 season (splitting his time between the New Jersey Nets and the Dallas Mavericks.)
It’s curious to see how the rest of the Thunder’s season will play out in light of the recent news that Kevin Durant has been essentially shut down for the season. OKC is currently sitting pretty at the 8th spot in the western conference with a 2 ½ game lead over the Phoenix Suns. With 12 games in the season, it’s likely to believe that Russell Westbrook can keep willing his team to victories with his onslaught of triple-doubles, but it remains to be seen how much he will have left in the take once the bright lights of the NBA Playoffs are turned on.
Check out the highlights of Westbrook’s March 22nd performance against the Miami Heat below: