Russell Westbrook notched his 15th triple-double of the season in Oklahoma City Thunder’s 106-94 road win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
The OKC star point guard finished with 29 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Thunder to their fourth straight win. OKC struggled recently losing three of the previous four games before their current streak.
Westbrook currently has 30 triple-doubles in the year 2016 and the 15 this season leads the league by a mile. Other players who recorded triple-doubles this year are James Harden (6), LeBron James (3) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (2) with other seven players recording one.
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Easy win for OKC; Easy triple-double for Westbrook
The Thunder had a comfortable 61-48 lead at halftime. And already, Westbrook was two rebounds away from this triple-double.
OKC was in control all the way. Westbrook got help from Steven Adams (15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals) and Enes Kanter, who came off the bench, for 19 points and 8 rebounds.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra came away impressed with Westbrook’s all out effort.
“He’s competing until the very end. Every single possession is the most important possession to him. Great, great lesson … from somebody’s that is really imposing a competitive will on every contest,” Spoelstra said to ESPN.
“He did what he does. What defines greatness is consistency, and that’s what you can book pretty much every night.”
The Heat were led by Josh Richardson’s 22 points but he had little help from his teammates. Hassan Whiteside was limited to 12 points and starting PG Goran Dragic did not play in the loss.
Miami now has lost five of the last six games with their next two games coming on the road against the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics.
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The Russell Westbrook triple-double watch continues when the Thunder face West rivals Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
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