When he was introducing Russell Westbrook at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Michael Jordan spoke highly and said he was a fan of the Thunder All-Star guard. Well, after Westbrook's latest achievement, which draws parallels to Jordan, his Airness might be an even bigger fan.
Recording 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists, Westbrook notched his fifth consecutive and 10th triple-double of the season in the Thunder's 101-92 victory against the Pelicans on Sunday. Westbrook is the first player to record five consecutive triple-doubles since Jordan did it in 1989. Over his five-game triple-double streak, Westbrook is averaging 28.4 points, 14.6 rebounds and 13.8 assists.
Westbrook notched his triple-double against the Pelicans by the third quarter, the fourth time he has been able to do that all season. He now has 47 career triple-doubles, two more than LeBron James, and is sixth on the NBA's all-time list. Larry Bird is ahead of Westbrook with 59 career triple-doubles. The Thunder superstar also continues to average a triple-double with averages of 31.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 11.3 assists.
Westbrook will look to make it six straight against the Hawks on Monday. If he is able to keep up his streak against Atlanta, Westbrook would need one more to tie Jordan's mark of seven consecutive triple-doubles.