On Sunday, Russell Westbrook recorded 33 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists against the Lakers, making him the 1st player in NBA history to record 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists after the first three games of a season. It’s also the 2nd time in his career he’s accomplished that feat during a 3-game span in a season, only Jordan (88/89), Bird (89/90) and LeBron (07/08) have done this over the past three decades. He also joined the list of Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas and The Big O as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in his first three games of the season.
“That’s standard for him,” Teammate Steven Adams said. “He’s a freak.”
If those numbers weren’t crazy enough, Westbrook had a triple-double at the end of the 3rd quarter (18/10/13) and finished the game shooting a career-high 5 of 6 from 3, a perfect 6 of 6 from the line and 11 of 21 overall, after attempting a career-high 44 shots in his previous game.
Game 1: 32 points, 12 boards, 9 assists (11-21 fg, 1-2 3pt)
Game 2: 51 points, 14 boards, 10 assists (17-44 fg, 2-10 3pt)
Game 3: 33 points, 12 boards, 16 assists (11-21 fg, 5-6 3pt)
After the game, Westbrook had a pretty amusing answer when asked about the Thunder’s upcoming road trip, which features a back-to-back game against the Clippers and Warriors.
“Honestly, it don’t matter who we play in a back-to-back. We could play the Globetrotters, all I care. It don’t matter. We’re going to go out and play one game at a time and try to get a win.”