Russell Westbrook vs. Clippers: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistMarch 10, 2016

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Russell Westbrook tied Draymond Green for the NBA lead with his 11th triple-double Wednesday, and he did so in acrobatic and athletic fashion.

His Oklahoma City Thunder won comfortably, 120-108, against the Los Angeles Clippers, and Westbrook once again captivated the crowd with 25 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 20 assists. 

He became the first player since Magic Johnson in 1988 to record such figures, per SportsCenter.

And the eighth-year veteran trails only LeBron James by 10 triple-doubles for the lead among active players, per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated—and he’s done so in five fewer years:

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver

Most triple-doubles (active players) 1. LeBron James: 40 2. Russell Westbrook: 30 3. Rajon Rondo: 27 4. Kobe Bryant: 21 5. Kevin Garnett: 16

In February, Westbrook averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists—the first player in 50 years to average such figures in a one-month span, according to the ESPN telecast. 

Steve Noah shared a humorous screen grab of a typical "no big deal" look from Westbrook following his heroics:

Steve Noah @Steve_OS

Russell Westbrook messed around… https://t.co/N7XF8zB102

Here is a look at Westbrook making an acrobatic rebound and following with his 12th assist on a downcourt haul to Serge Ibaka in the second quarter:

Just minutes later, Westbrook showed off his downhill athleticism on a drive to the basket, drawing a foul from Paul Pierce and converting on an and-1:

Westbrook picked up his 16th assist on a hot-potato transition late in the third, finding Ibaka again down low:

Westbrook also had the help of superstar teammate Kevin Durant, who finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. 

It was the former MVP’s seventh straight game with at least 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds—the longest streak since Larry Bird did so, according to the ESPN telecast.

Welcome To Loud City shared the duo’s combined stats, which are staggering:

Welcome To Loud City @WTLC

Westbrook and Durant combined: 55 points, 27 assists, 23 rebounds.

Adi Joseph of Sporting News noted if it weren’t for the foregone, and warranted, assumption Steph Curry will win his second MVP award, it could be a tight battle for the honors between the Thunder superstars: 

Adi Joseph @AdiJoseph

My point of view: Westbrook and Durant have been equals this season, but Durant is the better player. They could finish 2-3 in MVP voting.

A valid argument could be made that the Westbrook-Durant duo is right there with the Curry-Klay Thompson tandem on the record-setting Golden State Warriors

With the convincing manner they played against a Clippers team right behind them in the Western Conference standings, the Thunder are looking more and more like a team that could make serious noise in the playoffs. 

The Westbrook-Curry matchup would certainly be one for the ages.

Postgame Reaction

Durant offered an interesting metaphor to Westbrook's performance, per Ryan Young of ESPN.com:

That's unheard of. Words can't even describe it. Because it looks so effortless and easy and smooth in the game, you don't even know it's going on. Then you look at the statsheet and he's got 25, 20 and 11. That's like... NBA 2K. On rookie.

Westbrook said he wouldn't be positioned for such success if it weren't for the attention teams delegate to Durant. 

"I just read options, man. Try to see what teams are doing," Westbrook said. "A lot of attention is on Kevin, so I try to read where the guys are looking. Try to create eye contact, try to create different things to get us easy buckets."


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