Russell Westbrook is defying belief this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The point guard is putting up simply ridiculous numbers on his one-man quest to take the franchise to the playoffs.
The former UCLA player notched his fourth straight triple-double last night as the Thunder recorded their fourth consecutive victory with a win over the Washington Wizards.
In this overtime thriller, the 28-year-old hit a clutch three-pointer that sent the game to overtime and dropped 14 points in the added period on his way to 35 on the night.
14 rebounds and 11 assists have taken his averages to 31.2 points, 10.5 boards and 11.3 dimes for the season. Westbrook is only the second player in NBA history to be averaging a triple-double in December and is on track to emulate Oscar Robertson, who is the only person to achieve the feat through a season.
At his current rate, Russ is on track to have 36 triple-doubles and could see himself move into the top five all-time before the postseason rolls around.
The huge night against the Wizards took him past a certain LeBron James, who has himself notched three triple-doubles this season, and it has taken the two-time All-Star game MVP 394 fewer games to reach 46 than it took the King to hit 45.
Of course, LeBron is a three-time champion and has often - excluding his first stint in Cleveland - had the teammates that allowed him not to require a triple-double.
But that's not to take away from Westbrook's achievement. We are witnessing something historic.