KD leaving Thunder for the bay area might just be good for Russell Westbrook, as he continued his impressive triple-doubles form.
The guard posted 33 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists in Thunder’s 113-96 win over the Lakers on Sunday.
He is the first player since Magic Johnson in the 1982-83 season to start a season with a triple-double in two out of three games.
He joins Johnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson as the fourth player to achieve this feat.
“I just like to win,” Westbrook said. “That’s my main thing. My job is to come out and do whatever it takes to win, and that’s what I try to do every night.”
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Westbrook is the first player with at least 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in the first three games of a season.
“It’s a blessing, not surreal, it’s just blessing [to be mentioned with those names],” Westbrook said. “Me personally, I never take anything for granted when I step on the floor. Not once.”
Westbrook started the season with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists against the 76ers, and followed that with 51 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists against the Suns. Thunder are 3-for-0.
Westbrook attempted a career-high 44 shots in the win over Suns on Friday, but took it down a notch on Sunday, attempting 21 shots. After the game Friday, he said he regretted not trusting teammates more, and focused on that against the Lakers, recording five assists in the first six minutes of the game.
“Better, for sure,” Westbrook said. “Making it easy for those guys and distributing the basketball around.”
Last season, the 27-year-old posted 18 triple-doubles, the most in a season since Johnson in 1982-83.