By Shayden Smith
41 triple-doubles is the most any player has had in a single season, which was set by the king of triple-doubles, Oscar Robertson, in the 1961-62 season. Russell Westbrook is looking like a man on a mission to break that record this season. Westbrook came into Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks with seven triple-doubles, and he’s hungry for more. So did Westbrook come into Monday night with that terrifying fire in his eyes that Thunder fans have grown to love?
Westbrook ended the first half with 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Yes, you read that correctly, the first half. To say he came out of the gates thirsty for yet another triple-double would be an understatement. Westbrook ended the night with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, giving him his eighth triple-double of this young NBA season. With tonight’s win against the Knicks, Westbrook is now officially averaging a triple double for the season. I’m not saying that Westbrook is going to average a triple-double for the entire season, but no matter who you are, you have to be impressed with what he has done with the basketball in his hands so far. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see Westbrook record a quadruple-double this season. Oh please let this happen.
Even though Westbrook had another monster game for the Thunder, he still couldn’t have done it all by himself. The Thunders bench scored 31 points at halftime and ignited the Thunder in the second quarter. Enes Kanter came out hot scoring 27 points off 12 of 17 shooting and grabbing 10 boards. I still believe the Thunder need to make a change to bring another scorer into OKC, but it’s nice to see Kanter have huge offensive nights like this.
Anthony Morrow was another highlight off the Thunder bench scoring 14 points off five of seven shooting. Morrow still has some things to figure out, but he’s running without the ball much more efficiently and is finally looking confident in his shot again. Joffrey Lauvergne has been no doubt one of my favorite acquisitions for the Thunder. He only scored six points and grabbed five rebounds, but his defense on Kristaps Porzingis was fantastic when he was in the game. He might even take over Kanter’s spot off the bench in the future… only time will tell.
Two of the most explosive point guards of all time went head to head Monday night in another Westbrook and Derek Rose showdown. Rose had a great game with 30 points, but Westbrook’s eighth triple-double of the season was too much for the Knicks to handle as the Thunder take home the win 112–103.