LeBron James heaps praise on Russell Westbrook for triple-double streak

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Russell Westbrook momentarily tied LeBron James for sixth on the NBA's all-time triple-doubles list after recording his 44th on Saturday.

A day later, however, King James notched his 45th career triple-double in the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Philadelphia 76ers and moved ahead of the OKC superstar.

Before he did that, though, James paid tribute to Westbrook on Twitter for moving level with him at the time and doing so in 395 fewer games.

The Thunder point guard put up 17 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a win over the Detroit Pistons and LeBron recognised the achievements of his rival and encouraged him to keep it up.

Through the first 18 games, Oklahoma City is 10-8 and Russ is averaging a staggering 31.1 points, 9.94 rebounds and 11.1 assists per game, leaving him just 0.06 rebounds away from averaging a triple-double.

The last player to post numbers on this scale was Oscar Robertson, but Westbrook has some way to go to match the Big O, who leads the NBA with 181 triple-doubles.

OKC head coach Billy Donovan described his All-NBA guard as a "Hall of Fame player" and there aren't many who'll argue that he's headed for that level of greatness with the way he's playing.

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