It was only a matter of time until he tied the record.
Now let’s see if he can break it.
Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season — before halftime — during Wednesday’s thrashing of the Lakers, tying LA legend Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in a season in almost 50 years (Johnson had 18 in 1981-82):
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Russell Westbrook (OKC): 18th triple-double of season, ties Magic Johnson (1981-82) for most in a single season in last 40 years.
When he routinely makes plays like these, it’s difficult to disagree with Bryant:
With one game remaining this season, and the No. 3 seed already clinched, there’s a chance Westbrook could sit out Oklahoma City’s game against the Spurs. If he doesn’t, expect him to try his damnedest to break that record.
Jovan Buha covers the NBA for FOX Sports. Follow him on Twitter: @jovanbuha.