Russell Westbrook might not like people talking about his triple-doubles, but after the performance he had in the Thunder's 114-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, it's hard not to.
Westbrook recorded his 13th triple-double of the season in just 34 minutes with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 22 assists. This was the NBA's first 25-point, 20-assist triple double since Magic Johnson accomplished the feat in the 1988-89 season.
The 22 assists is a new career-high for Westbrook and is a new Thunder franchise record. Westbrook had the previous assist record with 19 against the Clippers last season. His 22nd assist was one for the memory books as Westbrook hit Suns rookie Tyler Ulis with "The Shamgod" before flinging a no-look pass to Steven Adams:
Westbrook continues to average a triple-double at 30.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.6 assists. He has 50 career triple-doubles and is sixth on the all-time triple-double list. If he keeps it up, Westbrook will likely pass Larry Bird (58) this season and perhaps one day will challenge Magic Johnson's spot for No. 2 on the list. A distinct possibility, especially if Westbrook keeps playing like Magic.