Another night, another triple-double for Russell Westbrook. And once again, he set an NBA record in the process.
One week removed from recording the NBA’s first “perfect” triple-double, Westbrook went out and recorded 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in OKC’s overtime victory against the Magic.
That stat line is significant because he set an NBA record for the most points scored in a triple-double performance and the Orlando crowd appreciated it, serenading him with “MVP” chants as the game came to an end.
After the game, Russ called his 57, 13 & 11 a “blessing.”
“That is definitely a blessing,” Westbrook told reporters of his historic night in Orlando, Florida. “I definitely don’t take this game for granted, and I try to come out each night and try to compete at a high level. That is definitely something that is a blessing and definitely something that I can be proud of.”
“There’s nothing else you can do,” Magic center Nikola Vucevic said. “He had like 50, 15 and 15. He’s a hell of a player, and he’s been doing it for 70 games now, carrying that team every night. I think the numbers he’s putting up are amazing. You just tip your hat when he does stuff like that, and even in overtime, he made a lot of big shots, and before, in the fourth quarter, he made a couple of big 3s. He’s a big-time player.”
The Thunder needed every bit of Westbrook’s 57 points last night as they came back from a 21-point third quarter deficit, capped off by Russ’s game tying three with 7 seconds left in regulation.
“I didn’t know [it was going in],” Westbrook said. “I couldn’t see right away because two people jumped.”
Check out highlights from Westbrook’s record setting triple-double below.https://twitter.com/_/status/847421482250547202