Russell Westbrook achieved the eighth triple-double of his NBA career Tuesday night during Oklahoma City's 125-92 victory over Philadelphia, and he did it in a strange, historic fashion.
He finished the night with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in just 21 minutes on the floor. The last time anyone got a triple-double in a shorter amount of time was back in 1955 when Jim Tucker did it for the Syracuse Nationals.
That's the historic part.
The strange part is the way it all unfolded, with Westbrook garnering nearly all his assists before even scoring a point. He had eight assists in the first 6:34 of the opening quarter and was still scoreless when he notched his 10th assist at the 4:54 mark of the second quarter.
Westbrook got his first bucket with 1:50 remaining in the half and registered his 10th point by hitting the first of two free throws at the 6:33 mark of the third quarter.
The former UCLA standout, who was playing his sixth game after missing the better part of two months following knee surgery, said there was no real method to his madness.
“I never go in looking to shoot first, pass first, rebound first,” he said. “I just come in and play off instincts.”
Westbrook pulled in his 10th rebound at 4:55 in the third quarter and left the game for good soon after.