OKLAHOMA CITY – A few nights after spending more than two and a half hours in front of the buzzer for a solo late night shooting session, Russell Westbrook rebounded with one of his most comprehensive games of the season, including his 107th triple doubles doubles career. Jason Kidd for third place on the all-time list.
Westbrook finished with 23 points on 10 out of 17 shots, including 2 out of 5 at 19, 19 rebounds and 15 assists in the Thunderville Oklahoma City Thunder's 100-83 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Westbrook recorded his second consecutive triple-double and third of the season. He now counts only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138) on the all-time list. To equal Kidd, Westbrook needed only 760 games against 1,247 for Kidd.
"I am extremely lucky and humbled to be able to play and compete in the NBA as such, and just to be nominated with Jason Kidd, Magic and Oscar, and these guys, I could never have dreamed of doing anything. be sitting here talking to you guys, "said Westbrook. "I take everything and never take anything for granted."
Westbrook has not recorded a triple-double in his first eight games of the season, but has scored three in his last four outings. At his current pace, Westbrook could catch up with Johnson (906 games) on the list later in the season, and it's conceivable that he'll eventually catch up with Robertson (1,040 games).
Westbrook had a dark shooting night Saturday in a home defeat by the Denver Nuggets, scoring 1 of 12 among the 3 points, including 0 out of 5 in the fourth quarter. Subsequently, he waited for the arena floor to be cleared for a shooting practice.
The Thunder had three days off and Westbrook also took the opportunity to fix some problems.
He settled into a rhythm at the start of Wednesday's competition and had one of his best shooting nights of the season. He hit 4 out of 5 in the fourth quarter as the Thunder shifted the Cavs.
"He's been shooting since that night, training, shootaround," said Paul George. "He's just getting comfortable there, we've seen some catches, which is rare at Russ, so he really felt comfortable."
Westbrook said nothing was particularly different against the Cavs, just that shots were fired this time. In attempts outside of the paint, Westbrook hit Cleveland 6 out of 9, after only 2 out of 14 against the Nuggets. He was more selective and used his size and strength to recruit rookie Collin Sexton during a jump in the fourth quarter.
"As I have told you many times, good or bad nights, I do everything I can, whatever the needs of my team at the time," said Westbrook. "And that's what I do."