Russ continues to his stand out season with yet another tripple doubles, making it the 34th from one single player this season.
The Thunder’s dominant performance on Thursday — it never trailed and led by as many as 32 points — was a total team effort. Seven players scored in double figures, including all five Oklahoma City starters. But the OKC backcourt was front and center, as it has been throughout the Thunder’s current four-game winning streak. Westbrook had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists, his 34th triple-double of the season, seven short of tying Oscar Robertson’s single-season NBA record. Oladipo had 23 points and five rebounds, making 9 of 15 shots and 3 of 3 3-pointers.
During Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak, which includes wins against playoff-bound San Antonio, Utah and Toronto, Westbrook is averaging 26.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 15.5 assists. But he’s put up big numbers all season. Lately, he’s getting strong backcourt support from Oladipo, who’s averaging 21.5 points over the past four games and shooting 56.7 percent from the floor. He’s made 12 of 17 3-pointers in that stretch, unsustainable success from long range. But Oladipo also has attacked the basket. Thursday was the second time in three games that he’s driven for a spectacular dunk.