Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been on an absolute tear of late, and that hot streak continued on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. With the help of an overtime period, Westbrook extended his triple-double streak to four games, making him the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to record four consecutive triple-doubles:
Russell Westbrook is the 1st player to post 4 straight triple-doubles since MJ posted this 7-gm streak in 1989: http://t.co/KT1HxeL1n6
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) March 5, 2015
Westbrook finished the night with 49 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a thrilling 123-118 overtime victory. The 49 points and 16 rebounds were both career highs, and the 10th assist came on a dish to D.J. Augustin for a three in overtime. Making all this even more impressive was the fact that the electric guard just had surgery on his face over the weekend, and this was his first game back. He played with a clear mask to protect his face, but that didn’t slow him down at all.
Westbrook just finished up a crazy February in which he nearly averaged a triple-double and won Western Conference Player of the Month, with many of the games coming without Kevin Durant. The point guard has been on another level since the All-Star break:
Hard to fathom…
Over Russ's 4-gm triple-double streak: 37.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 10.5 APG
Since All-Star Game MVP: 33.7 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 11.3 APG
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 5, 2015
Those numbers are simply outrageous, and Westbrook has thrust himself into the MVP conversation thanks to his superb play. Wouldn’t it be something if Westbrook won it a year after Durant?