Russell Westbrook has essentially become synonymous with triple-double during his career. Over the past 14 years, Russ has put in nearly 200, easily taking the lead in the NBA. And he continues to pour them with the Lakers.
On Friday night, Russ added another one to his resume. He scored just 15 points but added 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a monster win over the Trail Blazers. It was the fourth game in a row that the Lakers have started recording a triple-double, and it set a record for him.
At 33, Russ became the oldest player in NBA history to record a triple-double in four consecutive games. He also became the second Lakers player to record four consecutive triple doubles, joining Magic Johnson. Magic has done this in two separate stretches over the course of his illustrious career.
Our spacing is also great. Create lots of open plans for people when our space is good, and you’ve seen it tonight. –Russell Westbrook on Success Improvements
Russ went 0-for-3 from the depths, but shot 50% from the ground. He only scored 15 points, but that sort of became his approach with high assist games. Westbrook has only scored 31 points in his last two games, but he’s also had 24 assists in that streak for the Lakers.
And that’s kind of what they need from him right now. The Lakers have the power to get points on the board, but Russ moving the ball helps them create space. And that’s exactly what he’s doing right now.