Russell Westbrook conquered a feat that few thought possible in the modern NBA. Westbrook became the second player in NBA history to average a triple double in the season since Oscar Roberson did so in 1962 averaging 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists.
Westbrook did not break Roberson’s most triple doubles in a single season, however. He only needed two more assists to total his 42nd triple double against the Phoenix Suns. This was really the only highlight for the Thunder, and Westbrook, last night.
The Phoenix Suns, who were on a 13-game losing streak, saw their drought come to an end as they defeated OKC 120-99. The Suns were led by Devin Booker who netted 37 points on the night, 21 of which game in the fourth quarter.
Westbrook actually had one of his worst performances of the year. While he finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, the expected MVP went 6-25 on shooting and 2 of 12 from three.
Devin Booker is emerging as one of the best young players in the NBA. Just a few weeks ago, he dropped 70 points in a single game. On the season, he is averaging 22.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game.
For Westbrook, he still has a few more games left to break the record previously set by Roberson. It would be one of the most historic record breaking moments in the NBA in recent memory and further advance Westbrooks case for an MVP.
Regardless, the Thunder are a team that no one wants to run into in the playoffs; not because they are an extremely talented team, but because of Westbrook. He has proven to be one of the most dangerous threats in the NBA and is a wild card that many teams cannot account for.