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Jason Kidd calls Russell Westbrook the "Mike Tyson of basketball"

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Russell Westbrook has started this season just like he finished the last and is still a triple-double threat every night he takes to the floor.

The MVP has already put up three in his opening seven games and is now even more dangerous with a star-studded supporting cast of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony by his side.

The trio flexed their superstar muscles in an impressive 110-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on the road last night.

Westbrook was just an assist shy of a triple-double as he put up 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Despite not shooting the ball well, the point guard still affected the game in many ways and was instrumental in helping his teammates score.

Even if he's not having the greatest of games offensively, the 28-year-old will never change his style and will always be aggressive and look to push the ball and make plays with every possession.

Bucks head coach Jason Kidd compared the six-time All-Star's style to a heavyweight boxing legend.

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"He is the [Mike] Tyson of basketball," Kidd said. "When the jump ball [goes up], he is coming as Tyson did [in getting] off the stool. When the bell rings, he's coming for you.

"Whenever he's on the floor, he plays at one speed, and that's fast and hard. He's a little different in that case that he's probably the only [No.] one, and then I would put [at] 1B in that same category John Wall.

"Just that speed of coming at you every time you're on the floor. There is no kind of walking the ball up; they are coming at you and causing problems."

Kidd also praised Westbrook's ability to adapt to different situations and always play the same way with or without All-Star teammates.

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"He's the best in the game," Kidd said. "Puts a lot of pressure on your defence, offensively and defensively. For him, he can make the adjustment, play with talented guys like [Paul] George and Melo [Carmelo Anthony].

"For him, his game doesn't change. He puts a lot of pressure offensively on that break, just finding the open guy and making the game easy."

The Thunder seemed to finally click into gear at the Bradley Harris Center after they'd lost three of their opening six games.

George scored 20 points, hitting 4-of-8 from three-point range, and Carmelo scored eight of his 17 points in the first quarter.

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Kidd said OKC remind him of the old Miami Heat team that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. That trio won two championships and went to four straight Finals together in South Beach.

It remains to be seen if this big three can bring similar success to Oklahoma City.

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