Russell Westbrook grew up in LA admiring Kobe Bryant, so obviously he wanted to put on a show for Bryant in his 2nd to last game. And he did! The beast that is Beastbrook recorded his league-leading 18th triple double of the season (tying Magic Johnson in 1982) with 13 points, 14 assists and 10 boards; 11, 10 and 10 of those numbers happened in the first half, making him the first player since Jason Kidd in 09/10 to have a first half triple-double. And at 17 minutes and 35 seconds, it was the 2nd fastest triple double in NBA history; Jim Tucker of Syracuse pulled it off in 17 minutes back in 1955.
“I haven’t seen anybody get triple-doubles as much as he has in a season,” Said Bryant, who scored 13 points in the first quarter. “That’s pretty outrageous, what he’s been able to do all year long. It seems to fly under the radar with what Steph (Curry) is doing at Golden State and what they’re doing as a team, but he’s having a historical season. He’s probably the most athletic player I’ve ever played against.”
“I didn’t smile much on the court, either. He plays the game with such an energy and such aggressiveness. It needs to be appreciated.”