Russell Westbrook Highlights: Scores Highest Triple-Double in NBA History
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Russell Westbrook Highlights
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Russell Westbrook is unstoppable. The Oklahoma City Thunders’ point guard made NBA history tonight by scoring the highest triple-double score ever. He’s definitely an unstoppable Thunder.

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NBA fans, you think you’ve seen it all? Russell Westbrook is here to prove you wrong. The Thunders’ point guard won the game for his team and did it in historic fashion. A week after recording the perfect triple-double, Westbrook will go down in NBA history for scoring the most points in a triple-double. It’s something you need to see to believe. We’re going to prove just how amazing this NBA All-Star is in Russell Westbrook’s game highlights.

Westbrook’s All-Star Glory

The 28-year-old is a six-time NBA All-Star and a two-time NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP), winning consecutive awards in 2015 and 2016. In his first All-Star appearance at the 2011 game, he finished the season with averages of 21.9 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals.

He made the All-Star team for a second time in 2012. In that season he scored a career-high 45 points in a 149–140 double overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Westbrook led the Thunders to the NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City but lost to Miami Heat. But Westbrook was no loser. He became one of the only two players with 25+ points and 10+ assists in their NBA Finals debut. The other player is Michael Jordan.

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A Dizzying Streak of Triple-Doubles

Westbrook’s game stats in the 2016-17 season is more towering than his 6’3″ height. In the Thunders’ second game of the season, he recorded his 38th career regular-season triple-double with 51 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in an 113–110 overtime win over the Phoenix Suns. It marked the first 50-point triple-double since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term triple-double, it is the accumulation of a double-digit number total in three of the five categories in a game. The five statistical categories include points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.

Two days later, the Thunders beat the Los Angeles Lakers with Russell Westbrook joining the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and Jerry Lucas as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in the first three games of a season. In November 2016, he recorded his fourth straight triple-double in a 126–115 overtime win over the Washington Wizards. His triple-double streak made him the second player in NBA history with Robertson to average a triple-double heading into December. He extended his streak from four to seven, the longest triple-double streak since Jordan’s seven straight in 1989.

In February, he was tied with Robertson for the third-most triple-double scores in a season with his 26th triple-double of 2016-17 against Cleveland. Coming out of his All-Star break, he recorded three straight triple-doubles. Westbrook scored his 35th triple-double of the season on home ground against Philadelphia and that too within 30 minutes. Not just that! Going perfect from the floor (6-for-6) and the free throw line (6-for-6), that was the first “perfect” triple-double in NBA history!

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Expanding His MVP Case

Westbrook is in contention to become Oklahoma City’s MVP, and he is undoubtedly delivering an MVP-caliber performance. The Thunders vs. Orlando Magic game on March 27 raised his stakes for the city’s highest honor in the league.

The Thunders were eight minutes and 10 points away from a surprising loss to Magic when Westbrook entered the game. When he took over, he scored 19 points in the final minutes of the fourth quarter including a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to send the game to overtime.

By the end of the game, Russell Westbrook had made NBA history. He scored 57 points and added 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 114-106 overtime win over the Orlando Magic. This is how he set the NBA record for most points in a triple-double.

The California native spoke about his historic night calling it a “blessing,” telling reporters, “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 are eight games left in the season, and there’s no stopping Russell Westbrook. Might as well hand him the MVP title now!

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