It’s safe to say that Russell Westbrook is performing at a ridiculous level right now.
Leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to six-straight victories, the reigning MVP posted yet another triple-double in a 132-125 victory against the Toronto Raptors, dropping 37 points on 15-of-22 shooting along with 13 boards and 14 assists over 37 dominant minutes.
It was his fifth-straight triple-double as he previously dominated the San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers. It also helped snap an 11-game Raptors win steak.
As you probably expected, five triple-doubles in a row hasn’t happened very often. Although more and more players are recording triple-doubles in the modern NBA, posting that many in a row has historical value.
Shockingly, it is the third time that Westbrook has gone on such a streak. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player in league history to accomplish that feat.
Further, before Westbrook's current run, no other player since Michael Jordan in the 1988-1989 season has gone on such a streak.
That proves exactly how much of a statistical beast Westbrook has been.
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Not surprisingly, the Thunder as a team have benefitted when Westbrook dominates on an individual level. In fact, they’re now 84-18 when he records a triple-double, which clearly isn’t a coincidence.
After the game, Westbrook explained how he’s been able to take his game to the next level.
"I am a man on a mission. We've got to take care of business. This time of year, you've got to turn it up a notch,” he told Fox Sports Oklahoma.
Now at 43-29 on the season, the Thunder are in fourth place in the Western Conference heading into Monday. With just 10 games remaining in the season, the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets are within 2.0 games behind them while the Portland Trail Blazers rank just ahead of them.
Therefore, a third place finish or a tenth place finish could happen.
It’s obvious that the Thunder have gotten hot at the right time of the year. They’ll look to continue their surge on Tuesday when they take on the Boston Celtics on the road. Unfortunately for Oklahoma City, nine of their last 10 opponents are in the playoff picture with the exception of the Memphis Grizzlies, who they close out the year against on April 11.
No matter who the opponent is, expect Westbrook to put forth maximum effort every second that he’s on the court.News Now - Sport News