Once again Russell Westbrook played the right game at the right time, but this time the hit was noted down in the history as Westbrook smashed the 60th triple-double of his career in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 114-105 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday night in the NBA Season 2016-17
The 28-year-old, Westbrook dropped 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Pelicans that passed Hall-Of-Fame player Larry Bird (59 during 1979-92) for the fifth spot on NBA’s all-time triple-double list. The current tally of 23 triple-doubles adds Westbrook to the elite company at fifth place for most triple-doubles in the single season.
Westbrook for Bird said –
“I didn’t watch much, but I know he was a good player,”
“Obviously, he’s a legend for a reason, and he’s done a lot of different things for Indiana and the game.
“It’s an honor, man, I never take this game for granted to play the game I love every night and to be able to do that is a great accomplishment. The path just to get to where I’m at is an honor that I don’t take for granted.” He added
New Orleans posed a great challenged until end, in spite of star forward Anthony Davis existing due to injury. OKC led by 22 points in the 2nd half but had to endure a 9-0 Pelicans run in the 4th quarter that cut the lead to 105-100 with 5:33 left.
The Pelicans (18-28) bridge the gap without game play from the All-Star Forward Anthony Davis, who reinjured his right thigh late in the 2nd half, however added 8 points and 5 rebounds.
Guard E’Twaun Moore led the Pelicans with 18 points.