Triple-double machine Russell Westbrook was back at it Monday night in Toronto, as he recorded his 16th of the season in OKC’s 119-100 win against the Raptors.
Westbrook stuffed the stat-sheet with 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
Play of the Night: Russ misses the free throw so he just jumps and puts it back in. Easy. https://t.co/TFTXeJxb7Y
— Up The Thunder (@UpTheThunder) March 29, 2016
Russell Westbrook records 16th triple-double of 2015-16, passes MJ for 3rd most in a season over last 30 years pic.twitter.com/HrWCrBnqtm
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) March 29, 2016
The Thunder have found their groove, and are now riding an eight-game winning streak.
Thought this was an interesting/telling quote from Serge Ibaka on the Thunder's improved play of late: pic.twitter.com/N9YjVPImjj
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 29, 2016
Per the AP:
It was Westbrook’s seventh triple-double in March, the most in a month since Jordan had seven in April, 1989. He has the most in a season since Johnson had 17 in 1988-89. […] “I think it’s something I never take for granted but I like winning, so regardless of what the numbers say I like to win the game and make sure my teammates feel good about themselves and figure it out from there,” Westbrook said.
Kevin Durant scored 34 points as the Thunder extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak and their longest since a 10-game run from Jan. 16-31, 2014. The victory also tied the season series after Toronto’s 103-98 win in Oklahoma City on Nov. 4. […] DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and Norman Powell added a career-high 18 for the Raptors, who lost at home for just the fourth time in 2016 and remain one win shy of a first 50-win season in franchise history.
During the Thunder’s eight-game win streak, the team is averaging 117.3 points and has won by an average margin of 17.1 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to win eight straight games and score at least 110 points in each was the Orlando Magic in 1994.