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Russell Westbrook draws level with Michael Jordan after triple-double achievement

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Russell Westbrook produced his 15th triple-double of the season last night as his Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Houston Rockets 111-107 and, in doing so, tied the efforts of a certain Michael Jordan.

As noted by ESPN Stats & Info, with 21 points 15 assists and 13 rebounds against Houston, the 2016 All-Star has matched the total number of triple-doubles MJ racked up during the 1988-89 NBA season.

In fact, only Magic Johnson (17 triple-doubles, also during the 88-89 campaign) has managed more in one season over the past 27 years than Westbrook has. With 11 games still to go this season, there is a real chance the Thunder star moves past both Hall of Famers.

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Westbrook is in relentless form right now. Yet, despite his monster stats, he is remaining humble when it comes to comparing his efforts to two greats of the game:

"That's just a blessing," he said, via ESPN, when told of equaling Jordan. "Especially getting mentioned with those guys. Those guys are Hall of Famers. But my job is just to help us win games and try to win a championship."

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Westbrook may be catching up with past greats, but he is already well ahead of his current peers when it comes to stuffing the stat sheet across the board.

Next level

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, with 11 triple-doubles, is the closest to the OKC star this season. No other player in the league has more than five during the entire campaign - one less than Westbrook has managed in his last nine outings.

The 27-year-old's efforts are having a huge impact on the Thunder, too. As noted by ESPN, the Western Conference franchise are a perfect 15-0 when Westbrook reaches double digits in the points, assists and rebounds category.

Although he racked up 11 triple-doubles over the course of the 2014-15 season on route to the scoring title, it is clear that Westbrook has become a more well-rounded player this year. His penchant for taking risky shots has made way for finding teammates with perfectly times passes.

Judging by the stat above, it is proving a vital element of the Thunder's title aspirations too.

Ambitions

Drawing level with Jordan last night, meanwhile, is a fine achievement for the recently crowned All-Star MVP.

Of course, while he may very well go on to surpass both MJ and Magic before the season is done, it won't amount to much if he can't end the campaign one step closer to both stars in the 'NBA titles won' category.

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Sitting near the top of the Western Conference as the postseason approaches, he and the Thunder certainly have a chance to do just that over the coming months.

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Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
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Michael Jordan
Russell Westbrook

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