Westbrook racks up weekly award

By Michael Kinney

Russell Westbrook’s recent level of play has not gone unnoticed around the NBA. Coming off his fifth straight triple-double and six straight wins for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from March 12 through 18.

During that span, the Thunder racked up a 4-0 record. That included Sunday afternoon’s win over the East-leading Toronto Raptors.

Over the four-game stretch, Westbrook posted a triple-double in each game while averaging 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 12.0 assists. He also shot .526 (41-78 FGs) from the field.

Westbrook is on the verge averaging a triple-double for the second straight season. He also surpassed 100 career triple-doubles last week.

Heading into Oklahoma City’s matchup with Boston Tuesday, Westbrook is riding a streak of five consecutive triple-doubles. It’s a mark he has already done twice in his career.

The reigning MVP is putting up record-breaking numbers in all areas of his game. He handed out his 6,000th assist on March 18 at Toronto. He joined Cleveland’s LeBron James as the only active players with at least 6,000 assists and 4,800 rebounds and just the 13th NBA player to do so.

On the season Westbrook is averaging 25.3 points, a league-leading 10.2 assists, 9.7 rebounds and 1.79 steals in 36.2 minutes. He has now earned Player of the Week honors two times this season and 17 times in his career.

Michael Kinney is a Freelance Content Writer with Eyeamtruth.com

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