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Russell Westbrook piling up triple-doubles at a Michael Jordan rate

Russell Westbrook piling up triple-doubles at a Michael Jordan rate
Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook shoots in front of Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on Wednesday night. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated Press)

Russell Westbrook doesn't have six championship rings. He hasn't starred in a movie with Bugs Bunny. And he's not on Forbes' billionaire list.

But maybe, just maybe, all that is yet to come for the Oklahoma City star and UCLA product. Michael Jordan has done all of that ... and Westbrook has been showing us lately he can be like Mike.

During the Thunder's 123-118 victory over Philadelphia on Wednesday night, Westbrook had 49 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs, with 10 assists to become the first player since Jordan in 1989 to record four consecutive triple-doubles, according to STATS.

Westbrook's performance came after a 40-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist effort against Portland on Friday, making him the first person since Jordan in 1989 to have back-to-back triple-doubles with at least 40 points.

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He missed Sunday's game against the Lakers due to a fractured bone in his right cheek. He wore a protective mask in making his return on Wednesday.

"It was weird," he said of wearing the gear on his face. "Had to keep wiping it. It was a total big process of trying to keep everything from fogging up. That's not going to stop me. My job is to come out, and trying to lead my team."

Thunder Coach Scott Brooks said: “For those of you, including myself, that thought Russell might need a couple of games to get used to wearing a mask, we were wrong.”

Even so, Westbrook probably shouldn't be expecting any calls from Bugs' agent just yet. He has a long way to go to match Jordan's greatness, even in the triple-double department -- the NBA legend had seven straight triple-doubles and 10 in an 11-game span in 1989.

But Westbrook seems to have something else on his mind anyway.

"It's definitely a blessing," Westbrook said of his big night Wednesday, "but more importantly, I think it's important that we're winning."

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