Russell Westbrook didn’t have to return this early, but Russell Westbrook couldn’t seem to help himself on his way toward making a very Russell Westbrook-like return.
The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came back just four days after undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his right cheek to score a career-high 49 points, nab a career-high 16 rebounds and dish 10 assists alongside three steals in OKC’s 123-118 overtime win over Philadelphia. He became the first player to have four consecutive triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven in a row in 1989. The only other players in NBA history to have four straight triple-doubles are Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson and Maurice Stokes.
Westbrook's 49 also tied one Larry Joe Bird for the most points in a triple-double in the past 30 seasons.
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