Westbrook puts on Oscar-worthy show

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives to the basket past Knicks centre Joakim Noah at Madison Square Garden. Westbrook finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook drives to the basket past Knicks centre Joakim Noah at Madison Square Garden. Westbrook finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK • Look out Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook is on your heels.

Westbrook recorded his third straight triple-double and eighth this season, pacing the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-103 National Basketball Association (NBA) win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

The guard scored 27 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out 14 assists. He was nine-of-23 from the floor and converted all seven attempts from the free-throw line.

The only player to enter December averaging a triple-double is NBA great Robertson, during the 1961-62 season.

With just one game left in November, Westbrook has a shot at joining the "Big O" in the milestone when the Thunder (11-8) host the Washington Wizards tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

After the dominant performance against the Knicks, he is averaging 30.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game.

The Thunder guard joined Robertson as the only players in NBA history to record at least seven triple-doubles in their first 18 games of a season. Robertson had 12 triple-doubles in his first 18 games in 1961-62.

But being mentioned with the Hall of Famer is not something Westbrook is focusing on.

"Winning is sustainable," he said. "My job is to go out and find the best way to win games. Right now, we won three straight and that is what's most important to me."

Centre Enes Kanter came off the Thunder bench to score 27 points and pull down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. He had eight points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter. Derrick Rose scored his most points since coming to the Knicks (8-9), accumulating 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'Westbrook puts on Oscar-worthy show'. Print Edition | Subscribe