By Wade Haugen
I would be doing Thunder fans a disservice to begin this article with anything other than their start point guard, Russell Westbrook. #0 was at it again on Wednesday night, this time in front of his old coach Scott Brooks, who was manning the bench for the visiting Washington Wizards. Westbrook made sure and put on a show at Brook’s disposal, finishing the night with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. This was Westbrook’s fourth consecutive triple-double, and his ninth of the season. Westbrook now has also recorded a triple-double in three consecutive games against the Wizards, who fell to the Thunder Wednesday night 126-115.
The night started slow for the Thunder star as he only shot 1-8 from the field in the first quarter. Westbrook made up for it when he nailed a three-pointer with 8.5 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. The floor general took over in overtime, recording 14 of his 35 points in the 5-minute extra period in which the Thunder outscored Washington 21-10. With Oklahoma City now twenty games into the season, Westbrook is averaging a triple double, something that is unheard of in today’s NBA landscape.
Westbrook was aided throughout the night by Victor Oladipo who had 25 points on 10-16 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. As the season has progressed, Oladipo has shown noticeable improvement, and looks to really be settling in with this Thunder team. Andre Roberson posted his second straight efficient night, finishing with 10 points on 4-6 shooting from the field to go along with his always consistent perimeter defense.
Oklahoma City has now won four games in a row, their longest win streak to date this season. The Thunder are now 7-2 in games that Westbrook has recorded a triple-double. This is a very optimistic stat considering Westbrook doesn’t appear to be slowing down from his triple-double ways anytime soon.