RUSSELL Westbrook, take a bow.
It’s not too often you can compare an NBA player to the great Michael Jordan, but Westbrook’s breathtaking performance against the New Orleans Pelicans left fans, players and commentators without words.
The 28-year-old point guard became the first NBA player since Jordan to record five consecutive triple-doubles, skittling the visitors 101-92 with an inhuman display of athleticism and dominance.
Westbrook finished with a mammoth 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists to complete his 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career. Westbrook’s stats over the past five games have been insane, averaging 28.4 points, 14.6 rebounds and 13.8 assists. In comparison, Jordan had seven straight triple-doubles in 1989, a run that included 10 in 11 games.
Westbrook’s performance was enough to have any NBA fan on their feet, but the highest praise came from teammate Enes Kanter.
“I don’t think I have any words to describe it. He’s doing an amazing job. I say this about him every time,” Kanter said in a post-game interview.
“He’s not just making himself better but he’s making everybody else better around him. That’s what a really special player does, he’s not just worried about his stats, he’s worried about everybody’s stats and he’s making everybody sure we’re winning the game.
“He’s an unbelievable player. Not just on the court, off the court he’s a funny guy — a good locker room guy. He’s been amazing.”
Michael Jordan isn’t the only NBA heavyweight Westbrook is challenging, either. Westbrook climbed to sixth on the NBA’s all-time list of most career triple-doubles, overtaking the legendary LeBron James’ 45 in his previous game.
“That’s the most important part — making sure my guys are good and to make sure everybody’s happy with their games.”
“I’m very, very blessed to be able to play the game I love. I never take it for granted every time I step on the floor. I’m blessed beyond belief.